Monday, November 30, 2015 • 05:27

Museum exhibit remembers movie star stallion

The Valley Center History Museum is honoring Blanco, the horse that starred in the Lord of the Rings films who lived in Valley Center.
May 07, 2014
The Andalusian stallion featured in the Lord of the Rings films who lived and trained in Valley Center died in March. He is being remembered currently in an exhibit at the Valley Center History Museum.

The horse, known as Blanco, portrayed Shadowfax, the Wizard's stallion, in the popular motion picture films. He lived with his owner-trainer Cynthia Royal at Valley Center ranches on Hilldale Road and later at Paradise Mountain.

The tribute to Blanco has been added to the museum's current exhibit on thoroughbreds that have lived in Valley Center. This includes progeny of Seabiscuit, Seattle Slew, Secretariat, and others. The show will continue through August.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday form 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 29200 Cole Grade Road. Admission is free. For more information, call (760) 749-2993 or visit

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