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.


In order to carry out its mission CHAPS primarily partners with San Mateo County Governmental organizations. The Department of Parks and Recreation not surprisingly is responsible for the county parks and that is where most of CHAPs effort is focused. Most recently, the County’s department of Planning and Building has also been involved (see Upper Barn repair).  

CHAPS actively fundraises for two ongoing community riding programs as well as individual projects. Board members often champion the efforts bringing worthwhile causes to the table for adoption. We also receive requests for funding and each project is looked at closely to see if they match CHAPS' mission and vision.

Donations for any of our efforts can be made directly on the website. Please visit each section to see the current and recent projects.

If you know of a potential project that may fit our mission, then please contact us.