How can I help?

Volunteers, funds and in-kind donations help put on an event with a unique personality that raises money for local horse oriented causes. If you would like to be part of the fun, please call (650) 380-6408 or send an email to You can also fill out and return our Volunteer Form and we will contact you shortly.

Who sponsors Day of the Horse?

The Town of Woodside is joined by local and regional businesses that make donations and provide promotional items such as branded souvenirs. Local residents are also among our generous supporters.

How do people find out about Day of the Horse?

There are two primary groups of participants—horse owners/riders and the general public. Riders are recruited via personal contact, flyers posted at local stables and markets, and direct mail. We rely on editorial coverage and listings by local media and promotional banners to attract the general public. We also place advertising in local and equestrian publications and websites.

Are there parties?

A Carrot Cake & Apple Juice Social is a perennial feature of the Horse Fair and open to all attendees throughout the day. The Town sponsors an evening Trail Award Reception to thank local equestrians for their work benefiting the community. The Day of the Horse concludes with a wrap up party for participants and volunteers.

What is the Horse Fair?

Held at Woodside Town Hall, the Fair showcases local horse organizations and riding programs. Typically 600 people (toddlers through preteens and their parents), attend this horse-themed “block party” which includes educational exhibits featuring live animals, a blacksmith, art/coloring contests, and various games and activities.

What is the Progressive Trail Ride?

Over 300 riders and their horses travel the Woodside Town Trail System via an official map provided to registered participants. They are “fed and watered” at designated stops along the way. The ride concludes at the Mounted Patrol grounds, where horses are blessed and prizes collected.

Are donations to WHOA! tax deductible?

WHOA! is under the fiscal umbrella of the Woodside Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and as such is eligible to receive donations that are tax deductible as allowed by law.

What has WHOA! Acomplished?

As an advocacy group, WHOA! has developed or championed local horse causes including:the Folger Stable Committee to protect and restore the Folger Barn in Wunderlich Park; the Junior Riders Program for children of the Woodside Fire Protection District; publication and distribution of informational leaflet: Woodside is Horse Country; planning and organization of the Woodside Day of the Horse; and creation of the WHOA! the Hall of Fame Award for contribution to the equestrian community


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For general donations or Day of the Horse sponsorship you may process the payment online through the Woodside Community Foundation - the fiscal umbrella for WHOA!




(for Day of the Horse sponsorship, please put "DOTH" in the message field on the form)


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