Las Caballeras is a group of horsewomen that gather together every fall or spring for a 6-day vacation with their horses on beautiful Catalina Island. CHECK OUT OUR AMAZING NEW VIDEO https://vimeo.com/283866266
Riders drop off their horses at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates on the Palos Verdes Peninsula the day preceding the ride. Before dawn the following morning, the horses are loaded into trailers and driven to Wilmington, where the trailers are loaded onto a barge, along with all the equipment and supplies needed for the ride.
Meanwhile, riders board the Catalina Express in San Pedro where they take a boat ride to Two Harbors. Once on the island, they grab a bite at Doug's Harbor Reef Restaurant and sip "Buffalo Milks" while waiting for their horses.
When the barge arrives, horse vans and equipment are trailered to Little Harbor where wranglers put the horses on picket lines and unload all the gear. The girls board vans bound for Little Harbor to set up camp, re-kindle old friendships, and meet the new FYGs (First Year Guests). The horses are fed and watered and settle in where they are cared for by our wranglers and ride veterinarian.
Once settled in camp that evening, the girls enjoy hot showers, cocktails, appetizers, and a delicious catered meal to top off the evening.
The following days are filled with fun! There are multiple trail rides, relaxing on the beach with or without your horse, Open Mike Night, a silent auction and Blackjack Camp.
Cottonwood Canyon is about an hour's ride from base camp. Riders ascend the hills out of Little Harbor where they have an impressive view of the ocean and the back side of the island. The ride into Cottonwood usually passes herds of bison, winds through towering eucalyptus trees, and descends down into the willows of the riverbed, finally ending up under the oaks, sycamores and cottonwood trees that surround the old Bosque del picnic area.
On our "Free Day" many of the riders take their horses down to the water for a swim or a ride on the beach. Some go on trail rides, while others hang around camp and have massages or pedicures.
Before long, Sunday arrives. The girls eat a leisurely Sunday brunch, are free to go on a short ride and then break camp to catch a late afternoon boat back to the mainland. With comments overheard "it went by too fast, I can hardly wait until next year!"