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Today: Woodside celebrates 'Day of Horse'

Hundreds will gather for progressive trail ride

The Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (known as WHOA!) will hold the seventh annual Woodside Day of the Horse on Saturday, Oct. 8, with a horse fair and progressive trail ride.

Proceeds benefit the local equestrian community, says spokesperson Nan Meek.

The horse fair, at the Woodside Town Hall complex at 2955 Woodside Road, will have activities, entertainment and information about horses and local riding programs for kids and adults.

There will be Wells Fargo Stagecoach rides, a petting zoo, a puppet show, and an opportunity to listen to a horse's heartbeat. Visitors can drop by the Woodside Museum, and hear live gypsy jazz music by Doug Martin and the Avatar Ensemble.

Equestrian organizations will answer questions about riding programs, and educational exhibits will shed light on the relationship between horses and the environment.

"Hundreds of riders will gather for California's largest progressive trail ride," Ms. Meek said. Donations are $75 (cash only) on the day of the ride for riders who have not yet registered.

Riders from all equine disciplines participate, she said, many dressed in costume.

Riders travel the Woodside town trail system via their "ticket to ride" map, with treats for horses and riders at ride stops along the way. Riders costumed in this year's Mardi Gras theme will receive special recognition at the Paparazzi Ride Stop.

Concluding the ride is an end-of-the trail celebration held at the grounds of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County.

Among the sponsors are the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association, the town of Woodside, Wells Fargo, Until There's a Cure, the Village Pub, UC Davis Center for Equine Health, Alan Steel & Supply Co., the Davidow Family, Thomas Fogary Winery & Vineyards, and many more.

Visit whoa94062.org for more information.

Horse trial

Nine years have passed since the Horse Park at Woodside last hosted an international horse trial, but on Oct. 7-9 internationally sanctioned eventing competition will return. The Event at Woodside will offer CIC divisions at the three-star, two-star and one-star levels.

Visit horsepark.org for more information.

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