Annual Report to Stakeholders - 2021 in Review

Summary of Activities 2021


The Mounted Patrol Foundation seeks to support, maintain, develop and encourage equestrian facilities, activities and heritage in the Town of Woodside, the County of San Mateo and the State of California. Our vision includes the preservation of horse habitats and trail systems to provide both opportunities and environments conducive to the enjoyment of horses for horse owners and the public at large.

We are pleased to announce that since founding in 2003, grants to the community have just passed the half million dollar mark ($539,000). Over 71 % of this came from generous contributions for specific projects from many folks and organizations, for which we and the recipients are forever grateful

This year we have made grants of $72,419 to the projects listed below. Nearly 58% ($42,081) of the grants were made possible by the generosity of donors who provided Project-Specific/Donor-Directed funds in support of these projects. We thank these many donors who help support these projects. Without your help, none of this would have been possible. The remaining 42% of the grants were from the Mounted Patrol Foundation Board Reserves.

We want to thank the following for their generous support in 2021:


Gold Star
Willy Johnson

Silver Star
Magowan Family Trust
Lynn Jacobson,
Tom Shanahan
Monterey Bay Equestrians

Bronze Star
Christine Finerty
Jennifer Cozzolino
Chris Dunn
Spring Down Equestrian Center
Mark Lindberg

Programs started in 2021 and continuing through 2022

Sheriff's Activity League (SAL) - Trail Rides for Youths - December - $720


This is an exciting new program just started in December.  SAL was founded with the purpose of strengthening relationships between youth, deputies, and communities to aid in the intervention and prevention of juvenile delinquency in San Mateo County through positive, dynamic programs.  The MPF worked with the Sheriff's office to create a program that provided horseback training and trail riding in Wunderlich Park.  The first session was December 20, 2021, and the youths had a great time and really appreciated the opportunity.  Click the link below to see the comments from the participants.


Sheriffs Activity League Program


We would like to expand this program through the summer and are seeking donations to enable more youths to enjoy horses.    Please help support this program by clicking the Donate link below.


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The Woodside Equestrian Merit Scholarship - Fall - $5,000


The Mounted Patrol Foundation and WHOA (Woodside-area Horse Owners Association) jointly sponsored a $10,000 scholarship for post-secondary education. The criteria were high academic achievement, high community involvement, and significant equestrian activity.  After extensive review of a number of applications, the joint committee awarded the 2021 scholarship to Carlmont High School senior Olivia Bodner, who will be studying animal science at University of California, Davis, with the long-term goal of becoming an equine veterinarian


Applications are being accepted for the 2022 Scholarship.  If you know of a high school senior who is interested, please let them know of the information at:


Woodside area Equestrian Merit Scholarship


Programs completed in 2021


Pescadero Creek Park Trail clearing - May - $11,739


All the trails from Jack Brook Horse Camp had become unusable and overgrown due to the CZU Lightning Complex fire and COVID limitations.   The MPF paid for a crew from the San Jose Conservation Corps to clear many obstructions and tree falls in the Park, enabling Jack Brook horse camp to be reopened on June 15. Our thanks to Mike Bushue, who volunteered to manage the project and direct the crew in the last week of May. 


 Pescadero Creek Jack Brook Project


San Mateo County Horsemen's Association - Fall - $1,800

The mission of SMCHA is to sponsor, cultivate, and foster an interest in fine horses and fine horsemanship within San Mateo County.  The MPF sponsored the trainers for the four educational clinics in the fall, so they could be offered for free to the community.

San Mateo County Large Animal Evacuation Group - Spring - $45,606


San Mateo County Large Animal Evacuation Group, (SMC LAEG) is an all-volunteer group that, when activated by the County because of disaster or emergency, evacuates and relocates large animals. In the first week of the CZU Lightning Complex fire, they transported over 1500 animals to safety.  The MPF organized an on-line fundraising effort that attracted $35,606 in donations from the public plus a $10,000 match from the MPF.  The funding has gone to purchase two trailers with emergency supplies, satellite phones, chip readers and other equipment.


SMC Large Animal Evacuation Group


Digital Marketing Program - All Year

The goal of the digital marketing program is to deliver timely information on activities of the MPF and other equestrian endeavors, and it has been very successful.  All the fundraising requests have been done online.  If you know someone who would like to receive this email, he or she can sign up at:


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Our Vision

The Mounted Patrol Foundation believes that horses and equestrian activities have helped create a wonderful, healthy community in and around Woodside, California.  The Mounted Patrol Foundation seeks to honor the legacy of this area by continuing to support, maintain, develop and encourage equestrian facilities, activities and heritage in the Town of Woodside, the County of San Mateo and the State of California.  Our vision includes the preservation of horse habitats and trail systems to provide both opportunities and environments conducive to the enjoyment of horses for horse owners and the public at large.

Our Mission and Grant Record

The Mounted Patrol Foundation (MPF) was formed by the Mounted Patrol membership in 2003 for the purpose of charitable giving in support of horse-related activities in San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), charitable organization that works in collaboration with local government, other public agencies, and other nonprofits to support and promote equestrian activities and facilities in the area.  The Foundation also serves as the fiscal agent for CHAPS (Community Horse Advocacy Program for San Mateo County) and works closely with them to achieve our mutual grant-making goals. In the 18 years since our founding, the Mounted Patrol Foundation has made grants totaling more than $539,000 to over 40 horse- and equestrian-related organizations, activities, and facilities.  CHAPS has made grants exceeding $195,000. There are two sources of grant funds: Board Reserves and Directed Donations


Discretionary grants are made from the Foundation's Board Reserves, which was started with $54,000 of contributions from the founding members back in 2003-2004.  In the years since, MP members have contributed in addition $71,000 with their Mounted Patrol membership dues, resulting in total contributions of $125,000 to the Board Reserve Fund.  Thanks to prudent investment practices over the years, the fund has grown to $421,220. A guideline of the Foundation is to make annual discretionary donations of up to 5% of the average principal balance of its Board Reserves fund to worthy equestrian causes in the area


Project-Specific Funds/Donor-Directed Funds:  These are funds raised for a specific project, or from one or more donors for a specified cause (donor-directed).  Examples include the All-Weather Trails in Huddart and Wunderlich Parks, local hitching rails, the Towne Creek Bridge, and the SMC Large Animal Evacuation Group.  We thank the hundreds of individuals and organizations who, over the years, have sent in donations ranging from $25 to $10,000, which have helped to these projects succeed. 

In addition to its own grant-making, the Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for the Community Horse Advocacy Program for San Mateo County (CHAPS).  The MPF has partnered with CHAPS in raising funds for public horse trail improvements, horseback trail rides for veterans and for foster (CASA) children.  CHAPS also raised money for renovation of the upper barn at Wunderlich Park.  In 2021, under the aegis of the MPF, CHAPS made donations totaling $6,000.


We encourage you to look at the Foundation's website for more detail on its grant-making activities.  If there is an equestrian-related project you think deserves funding, please contact us for consideration in supporting it.


Don Pugh, Chairman of the Board of Trustees


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