It’s that time of year again, when our Town’s horsy heritage is on full display! The Woodside-area Horse Owner’s Association (WHOA) is throwing the equestrian event of the year this Saturday, October 10th. Come on down to Town Hall and check out the Horse Fair, or saddle up your horse and ride in the annual Progressive Trail Ride.
The Horse Fair is held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in front of Town Hall, and has a barn full of horse-related activities for the whole family. The Fair, which is free thanks to its sponsors, is a great place for both the horse-obsessed and the merely horse-curious, with WHOA’s website declaring that the event is a great place to find a place to learn to ride and mingle with fellow horsy folks. No doubt there will be a lot of talk and a final fundraising push for the mare and foal statue on Village Hill.
Events at the Fair include watching a real blacksmith practice his craft, learning about local horse groups and their riding programs, enjoy carrot cake and apple juice with your fellow Woodsiders, and visiting the Woodside Community Museum. There’s plenty of things for young calves to do too – the Fair will have an equine petting zoo, allow children to get their picture taken on a pony, watch a puppet show, bob for apples, and decorate horse cookies! Pony rides , the delight of childhood , are also available. There is also the opportunity to ride the Wells Fargo Stagecoach , a piece of history for some and just a fun ride for others.
Selected art work by local students, will be on display during the fair. Children will also be encouraged to make their own horse-themed art during the fair.
One of the main events of The Day of the Horse is the Progressive Trail Ride ., It is described on the WHOA’s website as multi-generational, bringing together riders with differing levels of skill and from different riding cowmunities – Western, English, etc. R iders come from as far as Southern California to participate. Horses and riders are plied with food and drinks during the leisurely ride, and costumes are encouraged! Riders are also eligible for goody bags if they pass by a certain number of stops. The Progressive Trail Ride is held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. While pre-registration has closed, the registration form says late registration is still available for $50. You can even wait until the day of the event but it’ll cost you $75 .
The 2009 Day of the Horse is a unique local event. Don’t miss it !
To check out the schedule of events, please visit the link. The website also has a list of sponsors and outfitters for the event.
To see photos of previous Days of the Horse, please visit here.