Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA! ) is an advocacy organization whose mission is to preserve the fundamental role of horses in maintaining the rural character of the Town of Woodside and neighbouring foothill communities, to enhance opportunities for equestrian activities, and to promote the enjoyment of horses in all their various roles.
WHOA! envisions a Woodside area replete with horses and horse activities for both horse owners as well as the general public. The rural landscape and network of trails are preserved, including public and private horse properties.
WHOA! works on its own and with other organizations to protect and celebrate Our Horses
The seeds of WHOA! were planted around a dinner table in 2000, when a group of equestrians agreed that a community-based association would help maintain the unique horse-friendly aspects of the area. Our equestrian trails, for example, are considered one of the best rural residential trail systems in the country. From that first meeting, it was decided that WHOA! could provide resources, activities and opportunities to make life around horses a pleasure for riders and non-riders alike.
WHOA! operates under the fiscal umbrella of the Woodside Community Foundation (WCF), a 501(c) 3 organization, federal tax I.D. # 94-6108531. The Woodside Community Foundation was pleased to embrace the WHOA! cause, which is consistent with their 50-year-old mission to preserve the rural character of Woodside and the surrounding area.