Woodside celebrates its equestrian heritage – this year on Saturday, Oct. 13 – as it has in years past: with a fair, stagecoach rides, a trail ride, exhibits, prizes and a blessing of the horses.
Now in its 10th year, the day begins at 10 a.m. with the horse fair at Town Hall, located at 2955 Woodside Road. The fair runs until 2 p.m. and includes information tables, exhibits and activities.
New this year is a covered-wagon exhibit set up to emulate pioneer life during the trek west. Visitors can also check out a blacksmith at work, decorate cookies made in the shape of horses, create equestrian-themed art, listen to a pony's heartbeat, ride a pony and have one's face painted.
A blessing of the horses take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County at 521 Kings Mountain Road.
The progressive trail ride also runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A mapped-out route on public trails allows riders to enter the route at any point. The ride includes stops for food for both riders and horses. Riders who make the minimum number of stops receive a gift bag.
Over the years, the fair's proceeds of over $195,000 have enabled projects such as the restoration of Folger Stable; trail maintenance in town, in the county parks and in the regional open space district; and the "Spring and Sprite" statue overlooking Woodside Road in the town center.
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