2023 Equestrian Merit Scholarship -Apply Now!

(Woodside, CA) December 20, 2023– The Mounted Patrol Foundation and the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) are accepting applications for the $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award. For the fourth year, this scholarship is jointly sponsored by the two organizations for a deserving local high school senior with a demonstrated involvement in and future dedication to equestrian activities as well as academic achievement, and community service. Strong emphasis will be placed on demonstrating financial need.

Both the Mounted Patrol Foundation and WHOA! share a deep interest in the next generation of equestrians, as well as a commitment to helping them achieve worthwhile goals, through each organizations’ ongoing activities and their joint sponsorship of the $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award.

Application deadline is April 30, 2023, at 3:00 pm. Applications must be complete; incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Selection criteria include demonstrated equestrian involvement, academic achievement, community service, and financial need.

Eligible applicants are seniors who attend high schools in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties, and who have been accepted to and plan to attend an accredited college, university, trade school or other continuing education program this fall. 

Applicants will need to provide a complete application and at least one reference letter from their faculty/teacher, college counselor, or someone who can attest to their equestrian involvement. Up to three reference letters will be accepted.

Applicants will be required to provide transcripts showing their GPA and prove the need for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or equivalent documentation.

The $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award will be paid directly to the recipient’s college, university, or continuing education program in support of the recipient’s tuition, fees, room, and/or board. The scholarship will be awarded in May 2023.

The Mounted Patrol Foundation believes that horses and equestrian activities have helped create a wonderful, healthy community in Woodside, California, and the surrounding area. Historically, horses were essential to life in the United States for transportation, work, and pleasure. The Mounted Patrol Foundation seeks to honor this legacy by continuing to support, maintain, develop, and encourage equestrian facilities, activities, and heritage in the Town of Woodside, the County of San Mateo, and the State of California. Their vision also includes the preservation of horse habitats and trail systems to provide both opportunities and environments conducive to the enjoyment of horses for horse owners and the public at large. The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), charitable organization that works in collaboration with local government, other public agencies, and other non-profits to support and promote equestrian activities and facilities in the area. Learn more at The Mounted Patrol Foundation

The Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) works independently and in collaboration with other organizations and local government to ensure that the presence of the horse in Woodside and the surrounding communities is recognized, protected, and promoted. Its mission is to preserve the fundamental role of horses in maintaining the rural character of the Town of Woodside and neighboring foothill communities, to enhance opportunities for equestrian activities, and to promote the enjoyment of horses in all their various roles. WHOA! envisions a community where horses and horse activities for equestrians and the general public are appreciated, and where the rural landscape, trail networks, and horse properties are preserved. Operating under the fiscal umbrella of the Woodside Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, WHOA! has gifted more than $200,000 to local equestrian projects and programs thanks to generous sponsors, volunteers, and the proceeds of its annual Woodside Day of the Horse celebration. Find out more at Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!)

2023 Youth Art Calendar Available!

The 2023 Equestrian Art Calendar is here! Once again we are featuring the vibrant work of 12 youths who participated in this year’s Woodside ART of the HORSE exhibit. Support WHOA! with your donation and encourage these artists who represent the next generation of horse lovers!

How do you get one or more?

  • Donate $20+ to WHOA! / $25 if mailed
  • For mailing and larger donations please indicate how many you would like and the mailing address in the “comments” section of the online form.
  • Pick up locally at: 
  • Important: Please bring your donation receipt for will call

YunHee – 15yrs | GRAND CHAMPION


All are welcome to attend the Day of the Horse Opening Reception Party on Oct. 7 from 6pm-8pm

Join us for Live music, food& drinks, AND the Art of the Horse Youth Art show featuring the work of local artists 18 and under.

Participate in the Silent Auction for equestrian themed art.


Golden Gate Sothebys International Realty
2989 Woodside Road
Woodside Ca 94062

Youth ARTIST’s are invited to submit their work until Oct. 6 for FREE. Click on More Details for info.

The event is FREE to enter – so please join us in celebration of our horses and equestrian communities.

DOTH Theme Shirts!

2022 Woodside Day of the Horse Theme T-shirts!! And Long sleeve versions too. Just one of the great items that will be available only at Day of the Horse!!

Saturday, Oct 8 at the Mounted Patrol Grounds

Sunday, Oct 9 at the Horse Fair and Pony Rides!!

#DOTH2022 #wodsidehorses

2022 Merit Scholarship Winner

$10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Awarded to Iliana Close

The Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) and the Mounted Patrol Foundation (MPF), joint sponsors of the $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award, congratulate Iliana Close, recent graduate of Carlmont High School, on being awarded this significant scholarship.

Anne Van Camp, WHOA!, commented, “This year’s impressive applicants are deeply involved in the equestrian community, their academic commitment,s and community service.” Don Pugh, MPF, added, “Their achievements and dedication assure a bright future.”

Iliana Close

“It is an incredible honor to receive this scholarship,” said Iliana Close. “A college education is a high-cost endeavor, and my earlier cancer diagnosis and treatment complicated my family’s financial planning for college expenses. This scholarship will help me pursue my education at Stanford University, continue my research into inflammatory and rare diseases, and broaden the scope of my non-profit charity, EcoLogic Health. It will also allow me to continue volunteering at the Stanford Red Barn and the animal fostering charity, Rescue the Underdog. My hope for the future is to use my education to give back to the community through research, education, and outreach.”

Find out more about Iliana and see past recipients:

For more information, visit WHOA! at www.whoa94062.org and MPF at www.mountedpatrolfoundation.org