Celebrating 15 years of equestrian festivities, the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) is expanding their traditional Woodside Day of the Horse celebration into three days of equestrian activities, Friday – Sunday, October 11 - 13. Now more than ever, there’s something for everyone, equestrians and not-yet equestrians alike.
Woodside Day of the Horse is a fun-filled celebration of the unique equestrian heritage of Woodside and the extraordinary contribution horses make to the quality of life throughout San Mateo County. It is made possible by a public-private partnership of Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!), The Town of Woodside, Woodside Community Foundation, and the generous support of sponsors and volunteers. Proceeds are used to fund equestrian projects and programs throughout Woodside and San Mateo County. This weekend of equestrian celebration attracts nearly 2,000 people to Woodside each year on the weekend of the second Saturday in October.
Opening Reception & Art of the Horse – Friday, Oct. 11
An evening of fabulous equestrian art and exceptional wine kicks off a weekend of celebrating everything about horses in Woodside and the surrounding area, at the Woodside Town Hall on Friday evening, October 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at a wine and cheese reception.
“Art of The Horse” is an equine art exhibition for all ages that celebrates the beauty and nobility of the horses in our lives. Open to all Bay Area residents, awards will be presented in two age categories, over 18, and 18 and under, during the reception on Friday evening. Artwork must be the artist’s original design, and may be in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, graphic and charcoal, colored pencil, photography, sculpture, miniatures, or mixed media, as long as the artwork celebrates the horse.
Trail Ride & After-Ride Party – Saturday, Oct. 12
During this remarkable trail ride, which draws participants from all over California for one of the most unique trail rides in the Western United States, riders enjoy a glimpse of rural America right in the heart of Silicon Valley, while local residents enjoy the sight of riders costumed according to each year’s unique theme.
This year, it’s “Super Heroines and Heroes” so you can expect to see some truly fantastic costumes on horses and riders alike. The trail ride is held on Saturday, October 12, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Following is the “super” after-ride party from 3 to 5 PM at the Woodside Mounted Patrol Grounds with live music, food, non-profit and equestrian exhibitor booths, and equestrian arena entertainment.
Horse Fair for Everyone – Sunday, Oct.13
At the horse fair on Sunday, October 13, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Woodside Town Hall, there’s equestrian fun and information for everyone in the family, with hands-on experiences for riders and those who have yet to mount a horse. Children enjoy pony rides, listening to a horse’s heartbeat, and equestrian crafts. Adults wanting to get “Back in the Saddle” will find information on local riding programs and lessons at the BITS booth. And there’s much more, including the perennial favorite: rides in an authentic Wells Fargo Stagecoach.
Woodside Is Horse Country
The mission of WHOA! is to “preserve the fundamental role of horses in maintaining the rural character of the Town of Woodside and neighboring foothill communities, to enhance opportunities for equestrian activities, and to promote the enjoyment of horses in all their various roles.”
Envision a Woodside area replete with horses and horse activities for both horse owners as well as the general public, in which the rural landscape and network of trails are preserved, including public and private horse properties.
That’s the future that WHOA! is dedicated to creating. The challenging reality is shared by equestrian-oriented communities everywhere, especially those like Woodside where housing density and increasing land and housing prices are slowly (or not so slowly) squeezing out horse property, hay fields, land for pasture, and equestrian trails. It takes a concerted effort from like-minded horsemen and horsewomen to keep horse country for horses these days. WHOA! is committed to that mission.
WHOA! How You Can Help
Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) is an advocacy group that works independently and in collaboration with other organizations and local government to ensure the presence of the horse in Woodside and the surrounding San Mateo County communities is recognized, protected, and promoted.
Everything that WHOA! does supports equestrians and the equestrian lifestyle. This includes the preservation of the rural landscape, which owes its existence in part to the continuing presence of horses in the area and to the equestrian advocates who promote the continuing relevance of horses to changing lifestyles.
Volunteers are always welcome, whether for a few hours at the Horse Fair or at a ride stop during the Trail Ride, or longer-term to help in preparation for Woodside Day of the Horse and support for the projects and programs funded by proceeds from this annual event. Click on the website link below to volunteer!
Riders, it’s never too early to register, and early birds get special goodies. It’s also never too early to start planning costumes for you and your horse – take a look at some of the great costumes online and you’ll be inspired to “costume up”. Riders come from near and far, and overnight stabling in the Woodside area is available for visitors upon reservation.
New WHOA! Website at www.whoa94062.org
Have questions? WHOA! has a new website with all the answers: More information about Day of the Horse activities, how to sign up, entry forms, plus information about Woodside-area equestrian resources, activities, and more about WHOA!
October 11-13: The 15th Annual Woodside Day of the Horse will celebrate “Super Heroines and Heroes” in Woodside, California, with an Opening Reception and Art of the Horse exhibition on Friday, October 11; Trail Ride and After-Party on Saturday, October 12; and Horse Fair on Sunday, October 13. All events are at and around the Woodside Town Center. For more information, visit www.whoa94062.org.
Nan Meek Equestrian Marketing
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