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.


Polly Swinerton, the "Pony Lady" of Woodside bred hunter ponies at a time when there were none on the West Coast. She owned Mary’s Farm, and breed ponies like those she saw children riding on the East Coast and in England.


CHAPS funded one of several new metal hitching racks installed at several places in Woodside including near Woody the Fish, Buck's famous landmark. 

These racks provide more safe places for riders to tie up their horses.



This hundred-year-old barn, once used by the Folger blacksmith, was in danger of being lost forever due to decades of deferred maintenance. Home to several horses and three species of bats, it is part of the Folger Estate Stable Historic District—a complex of buildings and structures located on a three-acre site in Woodside. A priority project for the County, this public-private partnership spearheaded by CHAPS leveraged the enthusiasm of local equestrians, businesses and non-profits to provide funding, expertise, and labor. The renovation was completed in January 2014. Check back for details about the ribbon-cutting ceremony showcasing the renovation.

Click here to see a video of the renovation of this beautiful blacksmith barn at Wunderlich Park:



The Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller donated $5,000 to CHAPS in support of their War Veterans riding program Horses for Heroes. The donation will be used to enable veterans recovering from combat injuries to benefit from horseback trail rides in the Woodside area, guided by members of the Mounted Patrol.