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.

Get Involved

For issues relating to the operation of San Mateo County Parks, contact County of San Mateo Parks Department.  The parks department is horse friendly and would like to hear from you regarding suggestions or concerns. 

If you are a resident of the county and for issues relating to every other equestrian topic in San Mateo County, contact the Supervisor for your District, or the Supervisor for the geographic location of your issue. 

If you are not sure who or where, the county has a graphic and contact information  

If your topic is Wunderlich Park, it is in District 3 and Don Horsley (no kidding, Horsley) is the man.  You can contact him at:

Hall of Justice
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Office: (650) 363-4569
Fax: (650) 363-1856

 

The county also has Commissions and Committees (advisory and NON advisory) that provide guidance or policy to the Supervisors. One stands out as relevant to our interests: the Parks Commission. Equestrian issues that relate to county parks may be brought to the commission’s attention (as well as park management, and your elected Supervisor). 

From the Park’s website: “To correspond with the Parks Commission please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or you can contact Commission Chair Neil Merrilees directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or (650) 728-3813.” 

The last pieces of the Park Management maze are the Master Plans. The county maintains a plan that addresses each of their parks. These plans are developed with input from interested citizens.  Parks does not have a direct link to them on their webpage, but you can get to them by searching for “Master Plans.”  These are complex documents.  The Huddart and Wunderlich Park plan is 143 pages not counting Appendices. 

There are eleven parks designated by the County as suitable for equestrian activities. To get the list and maps, and at the bottom of the list on the left side of the screen will be the “By Train Usage,” click on Equestrian and you will get the list. 

So if you are wondering if there is an issue we think people visiting our site should be especially interested in, there is.  It involves Wunderlich Park and the current lack of a concessionaire. The concessionaire provided the public with horse lessons, horse rental and horse boarding services.  CHAPS used this service with two of it’s programs.  

 

 

When entering the town of Woodside from the east, on the right you will see two bronze horse statues. The foal is named Sprite and the mare is named Spring. Woodside recognizes the importance of horses to the health of the community. This belief is reflected in Town policy. Woodside’s General Plan of 2012, under the Land Use Element has a goal (Policy LU1.1 #6) states “Encourage the maintenance of livestock, particularly horses, as an important component of the rural character of the Town.”    

The Town of Woodside is one of the sponsors of the annual DAY OF THE HORSE. The Town’s website provides a link to another nonprofit equestrian website Woodside Area horse Owner’s Association (WHOA).  WHOA is the organizer and manager of the event. They are always looking for volunteers.