Harry Hart went to work at Marwyck Ranch on November 28, 1936. Some breeders frowned at the location of Marwyck for raising thoroughbreds because of the summertime heat. Manager Hart, however, selected the location because of the air currents, which circulated over the farm, offering a variation of climate. He also found the horses did exceptionally well throughout the year. The annual water bill was $2,500 or approximately $150 every time the irrigation system was turned on which was once every three weeks. The cost of water saves a considerable sum which otherwise would have to be spent for feeds and straw that can be raised with such irrigation. Installation of the watering system cost was approximately $5000.
There are 10 miles of three and four panel wood fencing enclosing the different paddocks and fields. On the property are four barns, six sun sheds (closed at one end) in the paddocks, a breeding shed, tool house, office including a medicine room, Superintendent’s cottage and a bunk house which included a game room for employees. The layout also includes a ¾ mile track with one chute for teaching horses in training to “stand” and another chute from which they “break”. The track is 55 feet wide in the stretches, and 60 feet on the turns. Although it already is a fine training oval, Manager Hart plans to improve it further by taking sandy soil from the banks of the creek that flows through Marwyck Ranch and putting in on the training strip. (Wilbur Wash)
All paddocks at the ranch are in good stand. The crops include, alfalfa, beardless barley, ladino clover, burr clover, Dallas grass, wheat and kanota oats. This combination worked out by Manager Hart serves a triple purpose; providing excellent grazing for the horses, makes a splendid cover crop while it rebuilds the soil ravaged by severe usage as a truck garden. Crop rotation occurred in every field annually.
Of particular interest at the ranch was a paddock under construction where crippled racehorses will be treated. Hart is hauling soil from the ocean to furnish the flooring for this enclosure. A curbing will surround this soil then seawater will be hauled to it. Horses with bad fetlocks/ankles will be turned in there to receive the benefits of ocean water. Instead of taking Harry’s horses to the sea, the sea is being brought to the horses. The Blood-Horse April 2, 1938