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.

She loved Folger Stable and partnered with Pat Holmes, the concessionaire at Folger who produced, showed and sold them. She went on to breed Welsh Cobs with Pat for many years. CHAPS has funded a bench in her memory overlooking the arena at Folger Stable.