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).