Community invited to fundraising event at The Horse Park featuring various equine-related demonstrations

by Nan Chapman on October 11, 2014

Members of the community are invited to attend a special event in celebration and support of the Horse Park at Woodside. It is hoped that the event, the first public event of the 2014 capital campaign, will raise funds for necessary improvements and maintenance of the facility.

It will take place at the Horse Park, 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside on Saturday, October 18,  from 3:00 to 5:30 pm and will feature demonstrations by local and world-class equestrians who will be exhibiting a variety of breeds and disciplines. Among the exhibitors will be Dressage, Reining, Vaulting, Extreme Cowboy, Competitive Driving, Jumping, and Saddlebred horses and riders. Attendees will be treated to complimentary carriage tours of the facility, and refreshments will be served.

The park’s almost 300 acres provide a unique site for equestrian activities on the San Francisco Peninsula, open space for hiking and dog walking for members, and a beautiful landscape for the surrounding community. Periodic educational tours and clinics are held on the grounds.

Past projects have included the installation of perimeter fencing and electronic front gates, an electrical project which included replacing gasoline generators, installation of a native habitat garden, on-going erosion control and landscape beautification, and continuing improvement of the footing in the arenas, on the trails and on the cross country course. Future goals include the construction of a new water delivery system, infrastructure improvements, enhancement of the restroom facilities, seating for spectators in several arenas, and upgrades to the grounds, equipment, arenas and trails.

“Keeping the Horse Park affordable and available is a challenge,” says Gayle Strickland, President of The Horse Park’s Board of Governors. “We need the community’s help if we are going to be able to continue to improve our efforts at land stewardship and maintain the Horse Park as a safe, top-notch facility. Please come join us; bring your spouse, a friend, your horse-crazy daughter and/or son to see these magnificent horses and their talented riders and drivers, and discover what a jewel we have in our midst.”

For reserved seating: tickets are $100 per person by October 11, or $125 per person after that date. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate the day of the event, but reserved seating cannot be guaranteed at that time. There is ample free parking. info@horsepark.org or call: 650-851-2140.

Photo  of Guy Thomas of Willow Tree Farm, who is participating in the event, by Anwar Esquivel

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