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hay780An update on how the funds have helped the fire victims up north. Hay and supply deliveries make a difference.


Thanks to all who participated in this relief effort, and you still can!

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In additin to our own efforts to help the equestrian victims of the devastating fires up north,  WHOA! receives information on ways to assist and we post them here and on our Facebook page.



FIRE RELIEF FUND FOR HORSES & LIVESTOCK - Woodside Coummunity Foundation Matching Grant


WCF will match donations up to a total of $2500. These funds will be used for disaster relief for horses and livestock in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Solano Counties.

 READ and UPDATE from the WCF.


How to make a donation: Donations will be accepted during WHOA!'s Day of the Horse celebration on Saturday, October 14 from 11am to 3pm at the "Horses Live Here" sign booth located at the Mounted Patrol Grounds. For more information, contact Rick DeBenedetti, (650) 303-2661.


Online Donations can also be made through the Woodside Community Foundation's website 


Check payable to: Woodside Community Foundation 2995 Woodside Rd., Suite 350 Woodside, CA 94062 Thank you for your help and support.


Woodside Day of the Horse Event - Sat. Oct. 14: THANK YOU FOR ALL THE DONATIONS!

  • Horse Fair: Collecting Cash donations
  • Mounted Patrol Grounds: Collecting cash and new and gently used horse equipment such as buckets, lead ropes, halters, supplements, medical supplies, etc. SEE a LIST of ITEMS NEEDED.
    Mounted Patrol will bring items up to the affected area Sunday Oct. 15


Volunteers at Solano County Fairgrounds

  • People with horse experience needed to apply first aid and comfort the animals.   To help use process the offers of help, Please click this link to enter your info 

    We are in special need of volunteers in the evening and through the night. You can also show up at the fairgrounds, but be warned that you may be turned away since there has been too many volunteers at certain points of the day. To get to the Fairgrounds, please enter of Aston Ave from Petaluma Hill Rd, Brookwood Ave is blocked off for Emergency Personnel only. 

    If you are interested in donating money, please call one of the local feed barns such as Western Farm ((707) 800-4453) or Rivertown Feed ((707) 762-4505). They know what supplies are needed at the evacuation centers and can advise you to purchase the appropriate needs and then will deliver to the evacuation centers. If you a have physical donations please take them to the Animal Services Center at 1247 Century Ct, Santa Rosa, CA. 

    Large animals of all kind are still being evacuated to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and other fairgrounds around the North Bay. If you need evacuation assistance, please call 415-377-0776.


Mendocino County

  • Please don't forget about all of the horses displaced in Mendocino county!  This fire is not getting much coverage but is currently 34,000 acres spreading from just north of Ukiah to Willits.
  • Most horses and large animals are still going to the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah. Some horses who are with their owners are going to the fairgrounds in Boonville and others that were evacuated from Potter Valley on Wednesday night are going to the Lake County Fairgrounds. Rainbow Ag in Ukiah is still the best place to make monetary donations. They are hands on with the daily needs and are delivering to the fairgrounds. The number for Rainbow is 707-462-2404.
  • They are looking for a long term storage facility for feed/supplies in Mendocino County. If you have any leads for this please contact Kate Sullivan 707-824-9543.
  • One of the few veterinarians in the area is Dr Georgeanne Croskey (707-468-8387). I believe they are in need of medical supplies. Two of the vets in the area have been evacuated and one lost their home. They are helping with found animals who need to be treated or sadly euthanized.
  • Sarah Bliss O’Rourke is the head of Mendocino County Animal Care Services 707-272-2299. And the number for the Mendocino Sheriff is 707-463-4411


Napa Valley Horseman's Association View Website  View FACEBOOK page with constant updates

  • More volunteers are likely needed this evening as all of Calistoga is now evacuating. We are now only accepting wounded horses and have close to 200 now. The rest need to go to Solano county fairgrounds 900 fairgrounds drive. Current supply needs if you are heading our way:  Direct questions can be addressed to Jan Lazzara 707 480-4690

-large and small water buckets
-halters and leads
-first aid supplies for humans (neosporin, vetrycyn, electrolytes, wraps, gauze)
-hoses 100 ft
-feed buckets
-grain-senior product
-2 inch wide color tape
-garbage bags
-Respirator masks
-fill our propane cans! 
-livestock markers/all weather paint sticks 
-burn cream and wound care


The Mounted Patrol Foundation is purchasing a trailer load of 256 bales of grass hay that will be delivered tomorrow/Saturday. They also will bring a squeeze which will make loading and unloading easier. Also being purchased is bunch of bags of senior feed that will be delivered Sunday . The need is for easy to digest feed because of the stress and the fact that there are many volunteers helping feed. It is possible another load will be required next week.


We would appreciate any donations you can make to be sent to: Mounted Patrol Foundation ATTN: Equestrian assistance - North Bay Fires 521 Kings Mountain Road Woodside,CA 94062



Marin Horse Council FaceBook page has updates on places to relocate horses and othe livestock up North Visit Page

Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Mounted Patrol, Riders in Day of the Horse 2017 could win up to $2000!  

We are selecting winners in several categories including best costume, Best poker hand, Most riders from a Horse Organization and more.

Join us for this year's Trail ride with a theme of "CASINO ROYALE"! REGISTER NOW


Prizes: In addition to Goody Bags, there are tons of ways to win prizes this year!


1) Poker Ride winners: This year, when you visit each ride stop: you will receive a SPECIAL poker card. You will then sort these cards to present you "Best Hand' when BEST POKER HAND announcements are made. In case of a tie, Highest Card draw will be done. Poker prize winners will get cash $1000, $250 and $150*!!!

2) 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Costumed Rider & Horse will win

$1000, $250 & $150!

3) Great prizes for 1ST and 2ND place for:

a) Best costumed couple

b) Best costumed group (4 or more)

4) A Prize for the Largest Single Horse Group to Ride

For an additional $20 donation, you will be entered into a special drawing for more prizes!

** All cash prizes made possible by Friends of the Mounted Patrol of SMC.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wine tasting, equine art auction, riding demos, food, music!

To benefit the Stanford Equestrian Team and horses and other student equestrian programs. All are welcome!

Adults $75
children under 13 $25 (kids art activity!)
Stanford students / recent Stanford grads (within 5 years) $50.


Register today at Event Website


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Our thanks to Sharon Montoya Bretz and Kris Thoren for their enlightening presentation on "disaster preparation for your livestock" at our last General Meeting on August 4, 2016. It was very well received, offering important information on what one needs to do to be prepared in a disaster.


SMC Large Animal Evacuation Group

The mission of the San Mateo County Large Animal Evacuation Group (SMC LAEG) is to provide qualified large animal handlers and horse trailers in emergency situations; to evacuate large animals in any degree disaster or emergency, to lessen the burden on Emergency Services.

The group also provides preparedness workshops upon request.

SMC LAEG is an all volunteer group that activates when called upon by the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services or other emergency county agency.




DOWNLOAD Data sheet from the meeting


Useful Websites


SMC Large Animal Evacuation Group

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Equestrian Trail Riders Action Committee

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Horse Park at Woodside

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San Mateo County Horsemen's Association

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Bay Area Equestrian Network (BAEN)

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Bay Area Barns and Trails (BABTT)

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