Adeline Forrest

What do you love about horses in Woodside?

Woodside has always been seen as Horse Heaven: the hardware store sells tack, the trail system is unique and wonderful, there are horse traffic signs, there is a beautiful horse sculpture as one enters the town , and Huddart and Wunderlich Parks are a trail way. Plus, the multi-use Horse Park is nearby. I love to see horses crossing past Robert’s Market or Wells Fargo Bank. The presence of horses makes this town really special.

What kind of riding do you do?

I have always ridden Western. I have showed a little in Western events, and I love to go horse camping with my friends in Los Viajeros Riding Club. I like move cattle on ranches, and I like to sort and cut cattle out of a herd. I do a lot of trail riding in Woodside.

What is your favorite equestrian experience, or favorite horse story?

My father bought me a horse when I was eight. We kept her in a 100-acre pasture near our house. I rode bareback for two years until my parents could afford to buy me a saddle. A bunch of girls and I rode all day long, every day, in the summers. We swam our horses in a reservoir. We rode downtown in Orinda, tying our horses at the oak trees next to Lucky’s.

Is there anything else you’d like to include?

When I was a girl, my dad would trailer me to a few Western shows where I would participate in gymkhana events. At the time, I belonged to Moraga Horseman’s Association. I thank my dad for this lifelong love of horses.