The mission of “Horses Across the Valley” is to raise awareness of the historical, cultural and artistic heritage of the San Fernando Valley. We have selected the horse for this project because of its historical importance to the Valley. Part of the long, rich history with the horse goes back to a time when the Spaniards, under their leader Gaspar de Portolá, rode into the San Fernando Valley for the first time. Horse ranches sprang up almost overnight and when the film industry discovered that the Valley could double for the Wild West, the cameras started rolling.