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Grass Valley loses Loma Rica Ranch legend Edith Freitas

Christopher Rosacker
Staff Writer

Edith Freitas, widow of Henry Freitas, who managed Loma Rica Horse Ranch for four decades, passed away Thursday.

Freitas, 88, ran the renowned ranch with her husband, helping organize and feed many of the riders, such as John Shirreffs, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2005 with long-shot horse Giacomo.

The first horse Shirreffs ever trained was named Pee Wee Painter, named after Lawrence Painter the owner of SPD Market. Edith Freitas was the grand mother of Ben Painter, who manages the Nevada City SPD Market.

Freitas was something of a firecracker, said her granddaughter, Lacy Peard, who lives in Roseville.

“She was very sharp and witty,” Peard said.

Freitas’ daughter, Roxann Freitas, is a Grass Valley resident.

Check back with TheUnion.com in the coming days for full report on Freitas’ passing.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4236.

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