The noble horse not only enriches the lives of all of us who ride and care for them, they have made the town of Woodside a unique community. The Day of the Horse, held yearly on the second Saturday of October, is the brainchild of two Woodside horse lovers who wanted to bring the community together in support of the horse. It is a chance to pay tribute to our equine friends with a day of fun and festivities. 


The event has two main components, The Horse Fair in downtown Woodside and the Progressive Trail Ride for experienced riders and their horses. The event is open to the public. Admission to the Horse Fair is free while a small registration fee/donation is required for the Progressive Trail Ride.


10 Years of Day of the Horse: The signature event of Woodside in Perspective


To date, donations from our riders and sponsors have allowed us to gift over $110,000 to several important projects including the restoration of the historic Folger Stable, the Woodside Junior Riders Program, the Maintenance of Equestrian and Pedestrian Trails in the Woodside Trail System, County Parks and MROSD, Large Animal Rescue Equipment, and the Veryl Goodnight Sculpture "Spring and Sprite" in downtown Woodside.



Each year over 120 volunteers donate countless hours to making Day of the Horse a success. But for this important participation from the community, the event would not be possible. Please consider lending a hand whether it be in the weeks and months before event day or on the day itself. Fill out and return our volunteer form and we'll contact you shortly. Thank you! Volunteer Form


Schedule of Events

 Saturday, October 8, 2016

Blessing of the Horse at the Mounted Patrol Grounds

9:45 am, 2:15 pm and 3:30 pm

Horse Fair at Woodside Town Hall

10 am to 2:30 pm
Information tables, Educational Exhibits, Activity Stations,
WHOA! Outfitters and Gifts

Wells Fargo Stage Coach Rides leave from Woodside Town Hall

10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Progressive Trail Ride

11:00 am to 2:00pm

Sponsor Exhibits - at the Mounted Patrol Grounds

12:15 to 3:45 pm

Prize Distribution for Riders at the Mounted Patrol Grounds

1:00 to 4::00 pm











Event Documents

Trail Ride

RIDER Registration



FAIR Flyer



Become a Sponsor


Map to Woodside & Mounted Patrol



Photos from 2015

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View photos from Day of the Horse 2015. Photos are available for purchase or diwnload through Smugmug!



For general donations or Day of the Horse sponsorship you may process the payment online through the Woodside Community Foundation - the fiscal umbrella for WHOA!




(for Day of the Horse sponsorship, please put "DOTH" in the message field on the form)


Bay Area Equestrian Network


Past Articles


Gentry 2006



Riding Magazine 2006



The Almanac 2007