Cross-Country Course is CLOSED to prep for The Summer Event at Woodside!
Please remain alert to your surroundings, do not leave valuables visible and notify the office of any unusual activity on Horse Park grounds!
Remembering Nan Chapman:
The Horse Park and the local community lost a good friend recently with the passing of Nanette Chapman of Woodside. Much has already been said in local papers about Nan’s significant community involvements and accomplishments. Among them, Nan was the first woman to be elected to the Atherton City Council, where she and her family lived before moving to Woodside, and became Mayor of the Town of Atherton in 1986. She served on a number of non-profit boards, including Amigos de Las Americas, Family Service/Mid-Peninsula, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula.
But it was Nan’s lifelong love of horses that brought her to The Horse Park at Woodside where she joined the Board of Directors in July 2008 and immediately offered to help with public relations. According to Horse Park Board President, Gayle Strickland; “Nan was our PR for the six years she was on the board and in the years after. She used her extensive contacts to be sure events, campaigns, and important areas of interest were publicized, and she did so professionally and with enthusiasm. Nan also served on the Executive Committee for four years and always contributed ideas and solutions to the many issues that came up. As President, I knew that I could turn to Nan for input and support. Even after Nan left the board, she continued to look for opportunities to publicize the Horse Park and frequently initiated PR that would support HP efforts. Nan was a supporter, a friend, a confidant; she loved horses, the rural equestrian environment that involved horses and she supported The Horse Park as a central theme in the local equestrian world. Nan also worked tirelessly for the Folger Barn restoration project as well as the Menlo Charity Horse Show every year. I will miss her and The Horse Park will miss her. But we will not forget her.” On behalf of all of us at The Horse Park at Woodside, we share our sorrow and sincere condolences with her husband Ron, her son Doug and her extended family.
Drought Prevention Measures Being Taken at The Horse Park
On April 1, 2015, California Governor, Jerry Brown, issued an Executive Order for a mandatory reduction of potable water usage by 25 percent, as compared with the usage amount in 2013.
In light of this call to action, and in accordance with our dedication to land stewardship, the Horse Park will be taking the following steps to reduce/conserve our water usage:
- Water will be utilized minimally on driveways. Initiate "Please Excuse Our Dust Campaign."
- Scheduling and limiting the amount of water utilized on arenas.
- Ensuring that all water fixtures are working properly and are not leaking.
- Adding shut-off nozzles to hoses in wash racks and throughout the facility.
- Implementing roof run-off collection method.
- Evaluating automatic waterers to turnout paddocks.
- Limit available arenas during "low traffic" periods/days to reduce water utilized for arena maintenance.
- Install auto watering system in main barn and eliminate water waste.
- Evaluate products and methods used to reduce erosion and lessen dust, including driveways.
- Install holding tank for North Wash Rack run-off.
In addition, the Horse Park is requiring all boarders, members and trainers to join our efforts to conserve water whenever possible. For example:
- Sponge sweaty girth/saddle areas when possible in lieu of giving horse a full rinse.
- Turn hoses off completely when not in use.
- Do not wash cars/trucks/trailers at the Horse Park - go to a dedicated car wash that recycles water.
Be advised, these and other safeguards are no longer voluntary, but a mandatory request.
We thank you in advance for helping us conserve this valuable and now limited resource.
The Horse Park at Woodside
July at The Horse Park
The Horse Park is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to land preservation and equestrian sport. Our land stewardship includes, erosion control and native plant restoration while our equestrian programs encompass all that a premier equestrian facility has to offer: an international level cross country course, state-of-the-art footing, a covered arena, 9 arenas and much more!
We are unique to California and the west coast because we boast 272 beautiful acres, right in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area that is conveniently 2 min from a major highway while seeming to be miles from everywhere.
In an effort to maintain this equine treasure, The Horse Park offers low cost memberships for both horse riding and training as well as for dog walking, but donations to this non-profit are what have made this beautiful park thrive. Everything we achieve, we do so because of generous individuals that share our vision and dedication to providing opportunities for educational, recreational and competitive activities in a variety of equestrian disciplines. We believe that The Horse Park at Woodside provides a balanced platform for the growth and development of youth and adults alike.
Please read The Horse Park at Woodside's Park, Dog and Cross Country Rules. These rules are in place to protect the rider, horse, and the integrity of the cross country course.
The Horse Park at Woodside is committed to:
* Thoughtful stewardship of the land.
* Providing broad access to land appropriate to equestrian use.
* Adding value in the community.
* Other activities compatible with equestrian uses.
Our Service Providers
Our Official Food Provider: Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Open during shows. Catering menus available for any size party. for more information, contact Nicholas Johnson at the Sweet Shop.
Our Official Sanitation Service Provider:
Providing portable sanitation services for construction, events and more.