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STEERING COMMITTEE

Providing Guidance and Oversight

WHOA! is guided by a Steering Committee which meets monthly and decides which projects to support. Each project is overseen by a member of the Committee. Supporters assist with projects and attend quarterly meetings where projects are reviewed and new ideas are discussed.

Steering Committee

Fawni-Hill

Fawni Hill

My riding experience began on our family ranch and I was helping with chores on horseback when I was eight years old. When I was old enough, I joined 4-H, rode in parades, gymkhanas and learned trick riding.

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Anne Van Camp

My husband and I do mostly trail riding. with occasional dressage lessons in the ring at our home, and attend various clinics. Occasionally, we trailer to discover other places and enjoy new experiences.

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Jo Egenes

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Kristina Chancholo

I currently trail ride but for 22 years I rode English. For over a decade I did post injury conditioning for sport horses in Woodside, which included polo horses, trail horses, and hunter/jumpers. Over 90% of my riding has been done on the trails in Woodside.

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Linda Fox

Our youngest daughter rode at a very young age. Mick and I were at the barn so much that we started riding too. We leased horses, then eventually bought our own, starting in the hunter/jumper world and evolving to western riding which we still do together 20 + years later!

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Don DeFranco

I'm an overgrown 4-H kid from Ohio/Kentucky and was infected with the horse bug as a child. My family wasn't "horsey" and had no idea what to do with me ... luckily adults stepped in and made it happen for me. That's what I'm paying forward now.

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Faye Brophy

I am strictly a trail rider who feels so grateful for all the wonderous wilderness trails among the redwoods & California oaks in our coastal mountain range, so readily acessible without the use of a trailer.

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Phillip Whalen

I grew up in a small industrial city, so had little experience with horses or riding. Fortunately my wife Robin had grown up riding on the Peninsula, so when we moved to Woodside in 1996, she convinced me to buy our first horse and I was hooked.

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Donna Poy

Co-Founder
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Fentress Hall

Co-Founder

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Fawni Hill

What do you love about horses in Woodside?

Riding on the trails in Woodside and Portola Valley and passing other riders brings back fond childhood memories of growing up in a rural area. I love the peace and serenity of that rural feeling even though we live in the heart of an intense urban environment.

What kind of riding do you do?

Trail riding with a destination in mind is a favorite. We love riding to local restaurants and tying up our horses while we eat. Places like Bucks, The Little Store, Alice’s and Parkside Grille all have tie racks, and we can keep an eye on our horses while we dine. Our horses also travel with us to destinations such as Monument Valley, Texas, Arizona and have been all over the state of California, taking us to places we would not have been without them.

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

It would be impossible to select a favorite experience as they are all unique and rewarding. Most of the year, we enjoy riding through the local parks as ambassadors for the Volunteer Horse Patrol, and introducing children and adults to horses. They are amazed to see horses and to be able to touch them. The smiles are priceless. We also patrol and search on horseback with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Mounted Search and Rescue unit. In the summer we spend time at a camp in Idaho introducing inner-city children and families to horses and taking them on rides into the national forest.

Tell us something about you and horses…

My riding experience began on our family ranch and I was helping with chores on horseback when I was eight years old. When I was old enough, I joined 4-H, rode in parades, gymkhanas and learned trick riding. Horses were my passion then, but I left that behind for many years and moved to the city. I missed that connection and after years without horses in my life, I am now enjoying my love of horses again.

Is there anything else you’d like to include?

Horses are magical creatures with enormous healing power that I have witnessed many times.

Anne Van Camp

What do you love about horses in Woodside?

As a resident of Woodside, I love that so many organizations AND the town have the best interest of horses and equestrians in mind. Having Wunderlich, Huddart AND the Horse Park, literally in our back yard, is just amazing. In addition, I LOVE the unique trails system, both public and private. I love the numerous equestrian specialties represented in Woodside and am hopeful that horses will continue to be present in Woodside in the future.

What kind of riding do you do?

My husband and I do mostly trail riding with occasional dressage lessons in the ring at our home, and attend various clinics. Occasionally, we trailer to discover other places and enjoy new experiences. I’m interested in doing obstacle courses and going to a clinic soon.

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

Where else can you ride your horse to work? I have been volunteering for many years at NCEFT and frequently ride my horse, Prime Delivery, from our house to the ranch on Runnymede, have him in a paddock while I do my volunteering tasks, then ride him back home. Being part of their program and seeing what the connection of horses can do for children and adults is a true privilege.

Tell us something about you and horses…

I was introduced to horseback riding while teaching at sports camps in Belgium and rode dressage, together with my husband, both in our early 20s. Now, in our late 50s, our daughter presented a 5-session riding class at Webb Ranch, as a Mother’s Day gift. The rest is history and we are fortunate to own a private barn in downtown Woodside.

Is there anything else you’d like to include?

My dream for the horse community in Woodside and surrounding area is that the many organizations can continue to work together, streamline their efforts and funds, and preserve this unique place for future equestrians.

Kristina Chancholo

What do you love about horses in Woodside?

My heart warms up when I drive throughout Woodside and I see old barns and horses in the yards. There is something very serene, grounded, natural, and spiritual about being surrounded by horses in your hometown. I love how my horse knickers at me every time I come home. I enjoy seeing folks riding on the trails. Horses bring a purity and beauty to Woodside, which can be felt. My 7-year-old niece was visiting from Arizona and after seeing a few horses in Woodside and riding a pony at Wunderlich, she said, “Now I know why they say Woodside is horse country.” I felt such joy when she said this.

What kind of riding do you do?

I currently trail ride but for 22 years I rode English. For over a decade I did post injury conditioning for sport horses in Woodside, which included polo horses, trail horses, and hunter/jumpers. I also specialized in riding and helping “problematic” horses and giving retired sport horses a new career as trail horses. Over 90% of my riding has been done on the trails in Woodside.

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

I really enjoy Day of the Horse. Before I did the horse fair I was a ride stop captain for the Progressive Trail Ride and it was amazing to see all the riders and horses out in Woodside. Now I am at the horse fair and I get to see the children’s faces light up when they see the miniature horses or while they are taking a picture on a pony. It brings me such joy to see how good the horses and ponies are with the young kids and to see the “horse spark” light up in the children.

Tell us something about you and horses…

Ever since I was 12 years old, I knew I wanted to be around horses for the rest of my life. I worked at a boarding facility from ages 12-18 cleaning stalls so that I could have riding lessons. I would wash horses, clean tack, paint jumps, fix fences, etc., to make enough money so I could show. I was able to get a riding scholarship in college where I obtained my B.S. in Animal Science, with an emphasis in Equine Science. I wanted to be an equine physical therapist but at that time I was told there was no way to pursue such a career, so I became a certified Equine Body Worker. About six months after graduation, I happened to get a client in Woodside, and I had never been to or heard of Woodside before. I haven’t left Woodside since. Horses are my life. Horses are who I am.
My very first client in Woodside was the previous owner of my horse. I knew right away that my Classy Girl was a special horse and that one day she would have a forever home with me. She’s now 21.

Is there anything else you’d like to include?

My equine love runs deep throughout my veins. My drive to keep horses in Woodside and to promote the awareness of how wonderful they are is my passion. I believe they are a special animal, unlike any other, and have a unique bond with humans. They are kind, gentle, honest, and I love seeing and hearing them in Woodside.

Linda Fox

What do you love about horses in Woodside?

It is one of the reasons we moved to Woodside, so to see horses out and about on the trails makes me happy!

What kind of riding do you do?

Reining!

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

Mick and I both have a Palomino Quarter Horse, they are half brothers which was a coincidence as they were purchased a year apart. They totally act like brothers!

Tell us something about you and horses…

Our youngest daughter rode at a very young age. Mick and I were at the barn so much that we started riding too. We leased horses, then eventually bought our own, starting in the hunter/jumper world and evolving to western riding which we still do together 20 + years later!

 

Don De Franco

What do you love about horses in Woodside?

Horsing around. I love seeing neighbors and friends walking around in riding clothes and pulling horse trailers – a wonderful sense of community. It’s nice not to be the only one with hay in my hair. It’s a magical place where so many equestrian activities are happening that it’s difficult to make a choice.

What kind of riding do you do?

Hunter Paces back East, but mainly trail riding and occasional jumping. My idea of heaven is riding in the woods. That picture hasn’t changed since I was ten years old.

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

Taking my 4-H Advisor’s retired 25-year-old gelding out of retirement and winning the Ohio State Fair on him.

Tell us something about you and horses…

I’m an overgrown 4-H kid from Ohio/Kentucky and was infected with the horse bug as a child. My family wasn’t “horsey” and had no idea what to do with me … luckily adults stepped in and made it happen for me. That’s what I’m paying forward now.

Is there anything else you’d like to include?

We have 5 horses, two of which have been with us for decades. They are part of our family.

Faye Brophy

What do you love about horses in Woodside?

Woodside has always represented a rural setting which is hard NOT to love! Horses typify this area with its existing pastures, barns and riders going down its town trails.

What kind of riding do you do?

I am strictly a trail rider who feels so grateful for all the wondrous wilderness trails among the redwoods and California oaks in our coastal mountain range, so readily accessible without the use of a trailer.

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

Mine is simply having gotten into riding in my mid 50’s. I was and am still thrilled to ride from the barn, up into Huddart Park along woodland trails up to Skyline surrounded by all the coastal flora. It’s still a thrill to me, especially having experienced so many other riding experiences. We are so lucky to have the trails here that we do!

Tell us something about you and horses…

Having not made the wisest choice to get a very young horse as my 2nd horse, I have now personally experienced what it means to understand the difference between raising dogs and horses. Most dogs will learn because they basically, instinctively trust humans and are so willing to please. Humans need to earn the trust from horses, before the horse can learn. It’s this trust that allows humans (who are 10-20% the size of a horse) to communicate with and train such a large beast.