Adolfo Camarillo - Camarillo’s White Horses

Camarillo’s White Horses

The first official Camarillo White Horse is a relatively Spanish blooded horse known for its pure white color. This legendary breed dates back to 1921, when Adolfo Camarillo purchased 9-year-old Sultan from Miller and Lux cattle ranch at the California State Fair in Sacramento. Sultan, over the next few years, won many stock championships throughout California. Adolfo would go on to breed Sultan to Morgan mares at the Camarillo Ranch. This would go on for the next 65 years as the family privately owned and bred the Camarillo White Horses. Since the 1930s these horses have become famous by being featured up and down the California coast at various parades and events. Once a year Adolfo would ride one of his white Arabians in the Fiesta of Santa Barbara while dressed up in a colorful Spanish costume. The Camarillo White Horses were privately owned and bred by the Camarillo family until the death of Adolfo Camarillo’s daughter Carmen, in 1987. On December 12, 1987, according to her wishes, the horses were sold at public auction, ending the tradition of exclusive ownership of the majestic white horses by the Camarillo family. The City of Camarillo especially felt the loss, as the Camarillo White Horses were a favorite entry at the annual Christmas parade and Fiesta parade. The horses share the City's symbol with Adolfo Camarillo which appear on all the street signs, city vehicles, banks, Chamber of Commerce insignia, and shopping centers.

Many people of note have ridden on Camarillo White Horses including Governor Ronald Reagan, President Warren G. Harding, 1946 Nobel Peace Prize recipient John Mott, as well as movie stars Leo Carrillo and Steven Ford (son of President Gerald Ford).

As of 2010 there are only 20 Camarillo White Horses.Three stallions, five mares, three geldings, two young colts, and 7 white foals.

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