There is no person who better embodied the Conejo Valley heritage than Buck Wicall. Calabasas and Agoura Hills history is part backstage Hollywood, and part cowboy culture; Buck had one Western boot in each world.
Buck grew up in 1940's San Fernando Valley. He worked for the studios as a stunt double. Rubbing elbows with the likes of Ronald Reagan and other cowboys turned actors, Buck took a shine to the horses and dabbled in breeding Quarter Horses on his Agoura ranch.
In the mid-1960's, Buck opened his West Valley Feed in Calabasas. The Agoura Hills store followed. Buck's regular customers were like actors in a reality show, each episode featuring "Adventures in horse-Keeping". Buck was the virtual producer and the keeper of the archives of past episodes. There was never any shortage of hilarious material, as any horse owner can attest.
Buck's generosity was legendary. Some of his often told stories were about life with Manalo, the black bull given to him by the entertainer Charro. Charro saved the calf from the butcher, and raised him at her Bel Aire estate. When Manalo was too big to hide him from her neighbors, she entrusted Buck with his care.
Buck gave back in spades all the support given to him by the equestrian community.
Buck left us JUNE 4, 2018. ETI Corral 36 is hoping the City of Agoura Hills will allow the Old Agoura Park equestrian arena to bear a plaque honoring Buck Wicall. The chapter of the equestrian organization would like to call the arena "Wicall Arena." If you like the idea of the Wicall Arena, please leave a comment.