APPLY for the Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award


Local High School Seniors Are Invited to Apply for the $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award

(Woodside, CA) January 28, 2021 – The Mounted Patrol Foundation and the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) are now accepting applications for the $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award. For the second year, this scholarship is jointly sponsored by the two organizations for a deserving local high school senior with a demonstrated involvement in equestrian activities as well as academic achievement, community service, and 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 May 21, 2021, at 3:00 pm.
Applications must be complete; incomplete 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 a college, university, 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.

Finalists will be required to provide transcripts showing their GPA, and prove 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 early June, 2021.

Applications and important submission information are available online at and .

2020 Costume Winners Selected – You have spoken!

Congrats to our 2020 winners!

  • 1st Place: Melinda Stoker
  • 2nd Place: Kat Tischler
  • 3rd Place: Suzie Bruch
  • Sarah Greathouse
  • Kim Hansen
  • Mckenzie Mangus
  • Christine Newberg
  • Annie Tyo
  • Nola Masterson and Karl Poppenberg

The 10 Riders with the most votes will win gift cards from a variety of businesses.

Art of the Horse – Request for Submissions

Submit up to 3 Pieces

Established during our 15th anniversary event in 2019, the Woodside Art of the Horse features the creative work of artists from the greater San Francisco Bay Area. 
We invite you to submit up to 3 pieces for inclusion. Deadline is September 30, 2020. (NEW DEADLINE!)


Select Your Favorite 12 Pieces

New in 2020 we are inviting you to select your favorite 12 pieces to be included in the WHOA! 2021 calendar and note cards. These will be great gifts for the holiday season!
All of this is happening online – enjoy the artwork all year round and help support artists that bring so much “color” to all of our lives.

The Voting will begin October 1, 2020 so check back then to cast yours.

CZU large animal fire victims


Project Description

WHOA! is eager to assist our friends and neighbours who are suffering during these fires. We have donated $10,000 to help feed and care for the displaced horses that need our care.

Funding Provided