AVALON, OCTOBER 13, 2016 – About 50 cowgirls participated in the Las Caballeras’ 22nd Annual Catalina Ride, September 27 through October 2. They camped out at Little Harbor along with their horses for six days of riding the trails of the interior and evenings filled with fun and delicious dinners.
The “Arabian Nights” Magic Carpet Ride themed Ride kicked off with a Tuesday night mixer where old friendships were rekindled and new riders got to know everyone. The days followed with trail rides, long rides with little time in camp or if preferred short rides with lots of relaxing time in camp. But at the end of day there was a cocktail hour and a catered dinner.At night there was guitar music around the campfire and one night there was the much anticipated and fun “No Talent” Talent Show. They also had a silent auction.
There was no need to worry about the tired boot-squeezed feet or “hat hair” after a long day’s ride, an appointment could be made for a foot massage and pedicure, or a full body massage with one of the massage therapists. There was also a bathroom trailer with flushing toilets, hot showers, and generators that provided electricity during the day for blow dryers and cell phone chargers. Who says cowgirls can’t be princesses?
By the time Sunday rolls around and it’s time to board the Express boats, most cowgirls feel that the week went much too fast and are already looking forward to next year’s ride.
The Las Caballeras is a group of horsewomen that gather together every fall for a six-day vacation with their horses on beautiful Catalina Island. They are part of an equestrian membership support group of the Catalina Island Conservancy. Their first ride was in 1995 with 26 riders and now they have 50 riders. Most riders bring their own horses, however a few reserve rental horses, which are brought over to the island for the ride.