Camarillo White Horse Association

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Welcome to the  web site of the Camarillo White Horse Association.  The Association is almost 20 years old now and the purpose is to record and maintain the lineage of the historic breed of famous Camarillo White Horses.  Founded by the white stallion, Sultan, purchased by Adolfo Camarillo in 1921, these horses can trace their ancestry back close to 90 years now.

 

The Association also has an informative booklet available for anyone interested in these horses.  Please click here for more information.

 

Camarillo White Horse Association booklet cover 



The tally is in! Out of 10 foals born, 7 are white.  4 fillies and three colts.  A very successful year!

This high has been punctuated with a very sad low.  On July19th, long time caretaker of the white horses and outstanding horseman, Meliton Ortiz, passed away with his family at his side.  He was 91 years young.  "Mellie", as he was called, spent most of his life involved with the Camarillo White Horses.  First working for Adolfo Camarillo on his ranch and becoming the ranch foreman, then later continuing on in that position under Adolfo's daughter, Carmen Camarillo Jones, until her death in 1987.  Her will specified the horses be dispersed at auction so an era came to an end.  That did not stop Mellie's involvement with the horses, however, as the new owners continued to seek his advice regarding the care and breeding of the horses.  Mellie will be sorely missed and all the members of the CWHA extend our condolences and best wishes to his family in this difficult time. 

We would like to give special thanks to Humphrey, Giacopuzzi Veterinary Hospital for providing such wonderful care of the Camarillo White Horses all these years, especially most recently for collecting and preserving our stallions to guarantee the longevity of the breed and for all their work and assistance in our breeding program.  They have been providing care for the Camarillo White Horses since the days when they were on the Camarillo Ranch.

 Last updated 7/25/10

 

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 Here are some commonly asked questions regarding the Camarillo White Horses...

 

 

How many Camarillo White Horses are there?

 

There are now 17 living Camarillo White Horses in Ventura County, California; two in Los Angeles County, California; and one in Oregon.

 

Do the Camarillo White Horses carry the Overo Lethal White Syndrome (OLWS) gene?

 

A negative OLWS test is required before a foal is registered; all registered Camarillo White Horses have been tested and proven negative for the lethal white gene.

 

I have a white horse.  Can I register it as a Camarillo White Horse?

 

No, only horses that are proven and/or documented to be by or out of a Camarillo White Horse can be registered with our Association.  The Association also maintains a separate registry for non-whites (or whites that don't carry the specific gene unique to the Camarillo White Horses) by or out of a registered Camarillo White Horse.

 

 

 

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