Spotted: New artistan-designed gate at The Horse Park

by Nan Chapman on June 17, 2012

A decorative steel and copper gate, emblazoned with the facility’s brand new logo, is greeting visitors to The Horse Park at the corner of Whiskey Hill and Sand Hill Roads in Woodside.  Designed and created by local artisan and metalsmith, Bill Sorich, the gate is intended to not only welcome people to the park, but also to deter nighttime trespassers — as well as to hinder errant equines from seeking the proverbial “greener grass on the other side of the road.”

A resident of Woodside since 1952 and a graduate of Woodside Grammar School and Woodside High, Bill has completed commissioned works for many private homes in the Bay Area. His work is featured at the Thomas Fogarty Winery on Skyline Boulevard, the JS Bacchus Winery, and the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. His whale gate can be seen at Cowell Ranch Beach State Park in Half Moon Bay.

A life-long horseman, he says he “was excited when asked to participate in this project. There is no better use for this magnificent piece of open space than its current use which encourages equestrian activities and the enjoyment of this area’s natural beauty.”

“Other individuals and supporters of the Horse Park obviously shared Bill’s enthusiasm,”said Gayle Strickland, chairman of the Park’s Board of Governors. “Their generous donations, for which we are extremely grateful, made this undertaking possible.”


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