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


Photo Gallery




 Here are some photos, past and present, which show the rich history and versatility of the Camarillo White Horses over the years:








Adolfo Camarillo (center) participating in a Rancho Visitadores ride, circa the 1940's

Meliton Ortiz and Patron at the Camarillo House







The Camarillo White Horses, circa the 1960's, perhaps early 1970's




Harold Parker and Patron, Camarillo Christmas Parade 2009




Panchito, Xamarillo and Gavilan at the Santa Barbara Fiesta Parade 2009 







A gaited (yes gaited!) Camarillo White Horse, circa the 1940's.  The reason for gaiting is simple.  Since Adolfo crossed Sultan with Morgan mares, there was always a chance that one or more would be naturally gaited as it is not uncommon for some Morgans to be gaited, having inherited the trait from the old Spanish Jennet.




Jose "Jay" Moreno driving the stallion, Brilliante.  Sadly, Brilliante passed away in 2008.





The stallion Pancho (1980-2004).  Pancho is either the sire, grandsire, or great-grandsire of all the living Camarillo White Horses.



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