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.

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.  

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