Horses in History – 2022 Day of the Horse Theme!

Get Ready…the Horses are coming for the 2022 Woodside day of the Horse!!

This year’s Theme – “Horses in History

October 7-9, 2022

  • Woodside Art of the horse
  • Progressive Trail Ride
  • Family-fun Horse Fair

Stay tuned for details as they emerge!!

Morgenthaler Lives Her Passion At ‘Beginner Nervous’ And Beyond

By: Lindsay Berreth Feb 11, 2022 – 10:57 PM
The Chronicle of the Horse

Name: Eileen Morgenthaler
Age: 63
Hometown: Portola Valley, California

Twenty years ago, a hack with a friend added a new dimension to Eileen Morgenthaler’s life.

She was just getting back into riding after a long break—she rode casually in her 20s, before her job and family took priority—when a friend at the Horse Park at Woodside, in Woodside, California, offered to take her out for a hack. They jumped some logs, and Morgenthaler was hooked: Eventing would be her next sport.

“I thought that was the coolest thing I’d ever done,” she said. “You could hear me screaming to Los Gatos about how fun it was. It was like nirvana. It became an incredible passion. I ended up buying a second horse and went to the horse park with a trainer there and was there for 16 years, then moved to another trainer for all eventing.”

Eventing is not a sport for the faint of heart, and picking it up in yours 40s isn’t common, but Morgenthaler is a bit of a thrill seeker: her other favorite pastimes include snow skiing, water skiing, paddle boarding and hiking.

Last year, Morgenthaler realized a goal by competing in the beginner novice rider division at the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (Kentucky) on Chicago GS, an 11-year-old Trakehner gelding of unrecorded breeding.

“It was an extraordinary experience,” she said. “It was so much fun. The Kentucky Horse Park was an incredibly beautiful place to hold it. You didn’t feel like there were 1,200 horses there. To ride in the Rolex Arena and have your name in the lights on the scoreboard was kind of a dream come true. Never would have dreamed it, but it happened. I’m very happy I went.”

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COVID Equestrian Relief

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Project Description

COVID impacted the equestrian community in various ways. WHOA! stepped in to assist when possible.

Funding Provided

$1,500

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Big News – Art Show Pivot!

Woodside Art of the Horse is pivoting to an all-online exhibition this year. As much as we wished to return to a live art show, the reality is that life is still being disrupted by Covid in many ways and the exhibition needs to remain online again for 2021. For more information and to enter the online art show, visit https://whoa94062.org/art-of-the-horse/ or email questions to art@whoa94062.org.

Save the Date! Woodside Art of the Horse will return as a live exhibition with artists’ reception on Friday evening, October 7, 2022. Artists, it’s never too early to look ahead. We invite you to show your artwork that celebrates the horse in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, graphite and charcoal, colored pencil, photography, sculpture, mixed media, miniatures, jewelry, or high quality crafts. To be added to our mailing list, contact us at art@whoa94062.org.

2021 Fun! Other Woodside Day of the Horse events this year:

  • Progressive Trail Ride: Saturday, October 9, 11 AM to 3 PM, Town of Woodside Trails
  • Family Fun Drive-Through Horse Fair: Sunday, October 10, 11 AM to 1:30 PM, Woodside Town Hall

Woodside Day of the Horse is a fun-filled celebration of the unique equestrian heritage of Woodside and the extraordinary contribution horses make to the quality of life throughout San Mateo County. It is made possible by a public-private partnership of Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!), The Town of Woodside, Woodside Community Foundation, and the generous support of sponsors and volunteers. Proceeds are used to fund equestrian projects and programs throughout the Woodside and San Mateo County areas. This weekend of equestrian celebration attracts nearly 2,000 people to Woodside each year on the weekend of the second Saturday in October.

To learn more about Woodside Day of the Horse and WHOA! (Woodside-area Horse Owners Association), visit https://whoa94062.org/ .