The Camarillo White Horse breed is noted for the pure white color of its coat. Beneath the pure white coat, this horse as pink skin. The Camarillo horse is different from the gray horse that is born with a dark coat color that lightens with age and turns white. The Camarillo White Horse is born white and stays white throughout its lifetime.
Though the color is the distinguishing factor of this breed, there are many other features using which we can identify this horse. This Camarillo White Horse has a firm and refined build. The face of this horse is expressive and they have big eyes. This horse has an arched neck. The withers of this breed are well defined. The shoulders look relaxed and laid back.
As the name says, this only coat color permitted in this breed is white.
They also make good pleasure mounts. They are good show horses that have been used in many events and in parades.
The history of the Camarillo White Horse is very interesting. All the horses currently in existence can be traced back to one founding sire called “Sultan”.
Back in the year 1912, a Spanish Mustang colt named “Sultan was born. He had a brilliant white coat and brown eyes. Little could anyone imagine that this colt would give birth to an entirely new breed! When Sultan was 9 years old, he was purchased by Adolfo Camarillo who described him as the “Stallion of a Dream”.
Sultan became the pride of Adolfo Camarillo as he kept winning a lot of competitions all around California. Later on, at the Camarillo ranch, Adolfo crossbred Sultan with other Morgan mares. This was the beginning of the new breed. Adolfo never sold any of his horses, not even the land. Gradually these pride possessions of his gained widespread popularity and he paraded them during various celebrations and events. These horses became regulars at the Pasadena Rose Parades of which they are still a part. These horses also had the honor of being present during the opening of the Oakland Bay Bridge in Los Angeles.
Post the death of Adolfo Camarillo, his daughter Carmen cared for these creatures and kept up the tradition. However, post her death these horses were auctioned off. This led to the fall in their number. However, years later, thanks to the effort by a few individuals, these horses were grouped back together. By 1991, there were only 11 surviving Camarillo white horses and this instilled the fear in the hearts of people. Hence, in order to preserve this breed the Camarillo white horse association came into existence in 1992. There are only 14 surviving horses of this breed till date. These horses continue to grace important events and celebrations which have always been a part of their lineage.