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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

Horses are symbolic of being in a rural community. There’s a special ambiance with the trails along our roads and horses in backyards. We need to create interest in horses and keep that going – whether people ride or not, they can still appreciate horses, and what horses mean to our community. I avidly support the equestrian community.

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Adeline Forrest

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, which I see as Horse Heaven.

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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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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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Sarah Rivers

I am a lifelong trail rider, and enjoy riding on the local public trails in Woodside and Portola Valley as well as in our local county parks. I am a horse camping enthusiast and enjoy taking my horse to sites all over California … Point Reyes, Sierras, Humboldt Redwoods, Morro Bay and others are favorite destinations.

Advisors

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Donna Poy

Co-Founder
fentress

Fentress Hall

Co-Founder
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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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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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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.

Jo Egenes

What do you love about horses in Woodside?

Horses are symbolic of being in a rural community. There’s a special ambiance with the trails along our roads and horses in backyards. WHOA! is concerned about keeping horses in Woodside. People in this community need to be more aware of horses and need to support horses if we want to maintain this as an equestrian community. We need to create interest in horses and keep that going – whether people ride or not, they can still appreciate horses, and what horses mean to our community.

What kind of riding do you do?

Now that I have turned 86, I no longer jump, so I ride out on the trail or in the ring. Being outside with the horses, I appreciate the beauty of nature. Some of the most memorable conversations with my friends have occurred while we were riding on the trails or in the ring. It’s meaningful to feel that oneness with your horse as you ride.

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

Having a horse, which I so wanted when I was growing up, was not possible at the time. Then, in the 1960s I spent the summer in Dublin, Ireland and was invited to the Royal Dublin Horse Show. There I saw riders jumping horses over large fences. I was hooked and had to learn. When I returned to San Francisco, I was drawn to Woodside and the equestrian ambiance I sought, so I came to learn English riding and jumping. The rest is history. I avidly support the equestrian community and I still have horses and ride.

Tell us something about you and horses…

I started riding at age 28, and for the first ten years, I rode hunters before I moved into jumpers. I had a wonderful horse, Catch, who I began showing as a hunter. He had a great disposition and wonderful movement, and I would win with him on the flat, but as a hunter he looked awful! He wasn’t really impressed by the jumps until they were 4’ or 4’6”. Jenny Newell showed him in the jumpers, where he won his and her first grand prix against Olympic horses: They beat 32 others, and only two horses made it to the jump off, which he jumped clean for the win.

Is there anything else you’d like to include?

I first became involved with WHOA! during the restoration of the historic Folger Stable, and one thing led to another. I am concerned about keeping horses in Woodside. For many years, WHOA! volunteers have taken welcome baskets to anyone who moves to Woodside. It’s a way to not only welcome new residents but also help educate them about our equestrian community.

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.

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.

Sarah Rivers

What do you love about horses in Woodside?

I love the passionate horse community of Woodside. Horse owners, and those who appreciate horses from afar, recognize the critical role horses play in helping define the rural lifestyle of our town. The equestrian trail network is beautifully maintained by the Town of Woodside, and demonstrates a commitment to the support of horses in Woodside by the Town Council and local government.

What kind of riding do you do?

I am a lifelong trail rider, and enjoy riding on the local public trails in Woodside and Portola Valley as well as in our local county parks. I am a horse camping enthusiast and enjoy taking my horse to sites all over California … Point Reyes, Sierras, Humboldt Redwoods, Morro Bay and others are favorite destinations.

Tell us something about you and horses…

I have a handsome buckskin gelding, Queso, who is half Arab and half Quarter horse. We have been together for ten years, and I hope we have many more adventures together in the years to come. He is a terrific camper, enjoys exploring, and is the best equine partner I have had the pleasure of owning.

Is there anything else you’d like to include?

I am a longtime (30+) year resident of Woodside, recently retired and immensely enjoying my affiliation with WHOA! I have served on the Town of Woodside Trails Committee, and been a Board Member of the Woodside Junior Riders program. Queso and I are active members of the San Mateo County Volunteer Horse Patrol, the Los Viajeros riding group and are members of both San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association and Back Country Horsemen of California.

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.

 

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!