|Los Caballeros was incorporated by a group of Los Angeles area horsemen in 1943. The founding members envisioned a format where old friends could meet regularly and enjoy horseback riding and the great outdoors.|
The first ride was held at the Circle J Ranch, April 11, 1943. Since that time rides have been held at various locations around Southern California. Los Caballeros currently sponsors three events each year - a Spring Ride at different locations, a Coed Fall Ride at the Palos Verdes Peninsula and our flagship event, the Catalina Island Trek which occurs each third Wednesday in September.
Since September of 1949 the group has called Little Harbor its home for five days of riding, games, fishing, competitions at the rodeo, trail class events, and gathering around the campfire for stories, songs, and tall tales. The entire ride group (riders and horses) are transported to Catalina Island. The horses are loaded into trailers and hauled to a barge at Wilmington for the four-hour trip across the water to the island. The riders arrive the next day by express boat and meet their mounts to ride to the Buffalo Pens for a gourmet lunch and then on to Little Harbor to set up camp.
Events on the island are loosely organized to provide members and guests with the flexibility to enjoy the rugged beauty of Catalina Island.
The Wrigley Trail Class is designed to demonstrate horsemanship skills. It begins on Thursday at Middle Ranch and continues on Friday morning at Bosque Dell.
On Thursday night an optional overnight stay at Blackjack Camp provides some of the finest music, stories, and BBQ available.
The Rodeo on Friday afternoon is a fun and whimsical take on riding competition, unlike any you have ever seen. It has been held at Rancho Escondido as well as Middle Ranch.
Back at camp, participants enjoy gourmet cooking, cold drinks, lots of music, horseshoes, and the calm waters of Little Harbor.
Riders return to the mainland on Sunday afternoon, and the horses, trucks, and equipment are barged back on Monday.
Riding on the island is a unique experience and one that is considered a privilege for Los Caballeros.