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Community - May 18, 2011

'Mardi Gras' is theme for Woodside's Day of the Horse

WHOA! — the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association — has announced that the 2011 Day of the Horse fair and trail ride will be held Oct. 8 and the theme will be "Mardi Gras."

Now in its seventh year, the event aims to preserve and promote equestrian traditions in Woodside and nearby communities, said Day of the Horse co-chairs Fentress Hall and Donna Poy.

The trail ride draws participants from across the state, said Day of the Horse spokesperson Nan Meek. The horse fair includes fun activities and information for children and adults, she said.

Nearly 2,000 people come to Woodside for the event, Ms. Meek said.

At a March 2 kickoff for the Day of the Horse, the co-chairs unveiled the commemorative artwork for the event, "Racing the Storm," donated by artist Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey. The painting depicts two trail riders racing to return home before a storm unleashes its power. A reproduction of the original will be raffled as part of fundraising for Day of the Horse.

Ms. Hall and Ms. Poy thanked the sponsors of Day of the Horse, listed on the website of the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association, and invited others to sponsor the event.

The association said that about $65,000 raised from Day of the Horse events have been given to the Folger Stable Renovation and Endowment Fund; trail maintenance and building in town; county parks; the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District; regional equestrian activities for children; the Veryl Goodnight sculpture "Spring and Sprite"; and large animal rescue equipment.

Visit whoa94062.org for more information.


Posted by Calvin, a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on May 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

Looking forward to this event. It is always an incredible showing of horse and rider - some in costume. Who knew there were so many horse lovers on the Peninsula!! Takes you back in time a bit - helps connect you to nature.

Posted by Orlando, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on May 25, 2011 at 8:34 am

Love Day of the horse. Fun to see all the costumes and so happy that the horse gets such visibility for a day. It would be sad to no longer have horses in Woodside. Think of Atherton or Hillsborough or other Bay area towns. Horses are gone.