Arabian Horses in Hollywood

Loretta Young and Arabian Horse

The Rose Garden on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona was built long before it was a university. The garden was built in 1926 by Charles Adams.Adams was also the original landscape architect for the Kellogg Ranch, and designed a cactus garden and a lily garden. The gazebo at the center of the Rose Garden was donated by the Class of 1994 and replaced the original lattice structure. The garden was designed in a circle containing eight pie-shaped sections. Six sidewalk circles surround and cut through each section of the garden. Five sections of the garden contain six rows of roses and the three sections closest to the CLA building contain eight rows of roses. In 1926, each section contained a different variety of roses, but today each row contains a different variety of roses.

The Rose Garden contains a little known secret. King John, an all-white Arabian horse from the Kellogg Ranch, is buried in or near the Rose Garden. King John was popular for his movie work in the 1930s, includingScarlet Empress (1934) starring Marlene Dietrich, The Crusades (1935), Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), The Garden of Allah (1936), Suez (1938). He was also used as the model for Prince Charming’s horse in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

Click here to watch King John acting in these movies.