Our Vision

The CHAPS believe that horses and the disappearing natural world in which they thrive are necessary for healthy communities. Historically, horses have been essential to life in the United States for transportation, work, recreation, and encouraging connections to nature. In San Mateo County, examples of this heritage can be found at Folger Stable, The Woodside Store and Jack Brook Horse Camp. The CHAPS seek to recognize the continuing contribution of the horse by supporting the development and maintenance of equestrian facilities and activities in the County.

Equestrian Spotlight

SMSO Star DecalA mounted SAR team coordinates with other emergency organizations in search and rescue operations. Riders on horses can cover far more terrain, in a shorter period of time than a man on foot, and a horse with its highly developed senses of hearing, sight and smell, is often able to locate a victim before human search personnel are able to do so.

200903061220760-1Horses were first domesticated in Kazakhstan about 5,500 years ago and were both ridden and milked. That was about 2,000 years earlier than the first known existence of domestication in Europe. Over time, we have created more than 200 breeds, from the powerful Clydesdale to the graceful Arabian. As we have shaped horses to suit our needs on battlefields, farms, and elsewhere, these animals have shaped human history.