Riding Magazine Cover Story – WHOA!

WHOA! and Woodside Day of the Horse are the cover pin up and story in the August edition of California Riding Magazine. The exciting cover shot celebrating our 15th year theme “Super Heroines and Heroes” features Petra Beltran and her Kladruber stallion Generale Ariosa XLVIII-4, who channel Supergirl, cousin of Superman, and her super-powered horse Comet. 

Make sure to get your copy and also read the full article by Nan Meek online. Start of with an excerpt below:

Celebrate the 15th Anniversary Woodside Day of the Horse.
by Nan Meek

What do horseback riders who enjoy dressing in super heroines and heroes costumes to ride the Woodside trails, equine artists of all ages, and families throughout the Bay Area have in common? The 15th Anniversary Woodside Day of the Horse, which this year expands to three days of equestrian festivities, Friday through Sunday, October 11, 12, and 13, with events throughout the Northern California “horse country” community of Woodside.

Woodside Art of the Horse begins the festivities with a reception for the winners of this new equine art contest, on Friday, October 11, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the historic Independence Hall in Woodside Town Center.

Supergirl had a great time recreating the look of Superman’s cousin, a popular super heroine from 1959. Petra Beltran of White Horse Dressage in Woodside, with her Kladruber stallion, Generale Ariosa XLVIII-4. Photo: Debbie Hansen/Hansen Images

Progressive Trail Ride finds riders dressed in themed costumes enjoying the renowned trail system of The Town of Woodside on Saturday, October 12, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, followed by the After-Ride Party from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Mounted Patrol Grounds.

Horse Fair is the family-friendly gathering where local equestrians introduce kids and their parents to horses, ponies, and a real Wells Fargo stagecoach, and share interactive learning experiences, on Sunday, October 12, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at the Woodside Town Center.

Youth Art Show – Update!

Extension for YOUTH (under 18) to submit work for the Woodside Art of the Horse. Enter by Oct. 1, 2019.

ALL youth work will be accepted and exhibited in a special YOUTH ART SHOW at the Woodside Village Church Oct. 11-13 , the weekend of Woodside Day of the Horse.


All youth will be awarded ribbons and a chance to win prizes. Framing and insurance is optional for youth.

For Details and to submit https://whoa94062.org/art-show/

Call for Artists – Woodside Art of the Horse!

“Woodside Art of The Horse” is an equine art exhibition for all ages that celebrates the beauty and nobility of the horses in our lives. 

The exhibit will take place as part of the opening reception for the Woodside Day of the Horse event and is scheduled for Friday Oct. 11 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Woodside Town Hall. There will be a Youth Art Show the entire weekend rom Oct. 11-13 at the Woodside Village Church.

All San Francisco Bay Area residents are invited to submit up to three (3) pieces for selection, with one (1) piece per artist eligible for the show for adults, and all entries from youth will be exhibited.

Celebrating the Horse

Artwork must celebrate the horse and be the artist’s original design. It may be in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, graphic and charcoal, colored pencil, photography, sculpture, miniatures, or mixed media. No giclees or computer generated art will be considered.

Awards will be presented in two categories – 18 + and under 18. They will be awarded on Friday night at the show. All Youth will be awarded ribbons and be entered into a drawing to win prizes!

For more details and to enter

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15th Anniversary Woodside Day of the Horse Expands to Three Days, October 11-13, 2019

(Woodside, CA) June 17, 2019 – Celebrating 15 years of equestrian festivities, the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) is expanding their traditional Woodside Day of the Horse celebration into three days of equestrian activities, Friday – Sunday, October 11 – 13. Now more than ever, there’s something for everyone, equestrians and not-yet equestrians alike.

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 Woodside and San Mateo County. This weekend of equestrian celebration attracts nearly 2,000 people to Woodside each year on the weekend of the second Saturday in October.

Opening Reception & Art of the Horse – Friday, Oct. 11

An evening of fabulous equestrian art and exceptional wine kicks off a weekend of celebrating everything about horses in Woodside and the surrounding area,  at the Woodside Town Hall on Friday evening, October 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at a wine and cheese reception.

“Art of The Horse” is an equine art exhibition for all ages that celebrates the beauty and nobility of the horses in our lives. Open to all Bay Area residents, awards will be presented in two age categories, over 18, and 18 and under, during the reception on Friday evening. Artwork must be the artist’s original design, and may be in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, graphic and charcoal, colored pencil, photography, sculpture, miniatures, or mixed media, as long as the artwork celebrates the horse.

Trail Ride & After-Ride Party – Saturday, Oct. 12

During this remarkable trail ride, which draws participants from all over California for one of the most unique trail rides in the Western United States, riders enjoy a glimpse of rural America right in the heart of Silicon Valley, while local residents enjoy the sight of riders costumed according to each year’s unique theme. 

This year, it’s “Super Heroines and Heroes” so you can expect to see some truly fantastic costumes on horses and riders alike. The trail ride is held on Saturday, October 12, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Following is the “super” after-ride party from 3 to 5 PM at the Woodside Mounted Patrol Grounds with live music, food, non-profit and equestrian exhibitor booths, and equestrian arena entertainment.

Horse Fair for Everyone – Sunday, Oct.13

At the horse fair on Sunday, October 13, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Woodside Town Hall, there’s equestrian fun and information for everyone in the family, with hands-on experiences for riders and those who have yet to mount a horse.  Children enjoy pony rides, listening to a horse’s heartbeat, and equestrian crafts. Adults wanting to get “Back in the Saddle” will find information on local riding programs and lessons at the BITS booth. And there’s much more, including the perennial favorite: rides in an authentic Wells Fargo Stagecoach.