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.

Horsemanship Lessons for Foster Children

fosterchildrenImagine you are a foster child that lives in chaos. Imagine that you are alone, that you have no secure family, that you have been abused or neglected. Imagine that you have nowhere to turn for affection, solace or advice. Now imagine that you have been matched with a Child Advocate who will transport you to a rural and rustic park where you are introduced to a warm and trusting pony that asks nothing of you, that loves you for the carrot you brought and the soft grooming of his coat. Imagine this pony carrying you into a world so remote from what you came from that you forget your fear and pain and just laugh with the joy of the moment.

These are the kind of experiences CHAPS provides for foster children, children who struggle socially, emotionally and academically. CHAPS works with (CASA), the Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Mateo County, who are trained and matched as mentor Advocates to foster children placed under the protection of the Juvenile Court. CHAPS goal is for these abused and neglected children to benefit and grow through the healing power of horses and nature. Lessons include horse care, grooming, tacking and riding.



Veterans Riding Program

vet-ridesCHAPS, in collaboration with the Veterans Administration in Menlo Park and NCEFT (National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy) is sponsoring trail rides and horsemanship lessons for War Veterans.

This program focuses on those veterans who can sit safely on a horse by themselves. Some of the program participants may have already graduated from the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy’s (NCEFT) therapeutic riding program. CHAPS is proud to offer this opportunity to assist our wounded warriors re-enter civilian life.

There are several equestrian programs involving veterans nationally. For more information see the Learning Center of this website.