Every second Saturday in October, the Town of Woodside really displays our love affair with horses with the annual Day of the Horse celebration. Held this year on October 13th, this celebration of all things equine is put on by the Woodside-Area Horse Owner’s Association – “WHOA.”
WHOA does a lot of good work in our Town and neighboring horse-loving cow-munities, having raised over $77,000 over the years to help support a wide range of horse-related causes, including:
• Restoration of the historic Folger Stable
• Maintaining equestrian and other trails in the Woodside Trail System
• The beautiful “Spring and Sprite” horse sculpture created by Veryl Goodnight
• Support for the Woodside Junior Riders Program
The Day of the Horse features a Horse Fair in the heart of the Town of Woodside and then the Progressive Trail Ride on the trails surrounding the Town. WHOA volunteers put in hundreds of hours to make the events a success each year, and this year is certain to be no exception. They’re always looking for more volunteers, so consider giving back to the cow-munity in this wonderful way.
The Horse Fair features lots of events for adults and children – here’s some to whet your appetite for fun! The Fair kicks off with ‘The Blessing of the Horse’ in the morning at the Mounted Patrol Grounds (and is repeated twice more throughout the day). The Fair proper has fun and educational exhibits, activity stations, and more from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
Always a fun treat are the Wells Fargo Stage Coach Rides that travel through historic downtown Woodside, leaving from Town Hall morning through afternoon. Kids will also love the Puppet Shows every hour from 11:30 am!
The Horse Fair is free and open to the public. The Progressive Trail Ride is open to experienced riders and there’s a contribution required for registration – proceeds go to help maintain our unique Woodside Trail System. You can download an entry form here.
This year’s Progressive Trail Ride is a tribute to King Arthur and the mythic days of Camelot, so riders who ride in costume garb will be rewarded with special recognition. The Ride runs from 11 am to 2 pm, with a distribution of prizes for Riders at the Mounted Patrol Grounds later that afternoon. And as long as you’re there, you should stay for the End of Trail Celebration hosted by the Mounted Patrol! Just ten dollars will get you fed and watered with your trail buddies!
We really love this event, and know you will too. Horses and equestrian life are one of the things that make life so special and unique here in Woodside, and the Day of the Horse is one of the best ways to see your neighbors and live the equestrian life!
For more information about Woodside’s The Day of the Horse, including a schedule and map of the event go here.
More information on WHOA, including how to donate and volunteer here.