The Disabled Equestrians Organization (DEO) represents individuals that are moderately disabled and use a horse or mule to provide them access to trails in the outdoors. The causes of their disabilities are varied, and include accidents, old age and disease. Some of the areas affected are knees, lungs, hearts, backs, ankles and eyesight. In spite of the diversity of ailments, these individuals all share a common solution to their disabilities: they use a horse or mule to carry their worn out bodies to the places that millions of Americans enjoy: the beautiful high country of the Sierras, the rolling hills of the California coast, and many other public parks and forests. To fight for the rights of Disabled Equestrians to access public parks, forests and open space.
The MP Foundation acts as a Fiscal Agent for CHAPS and works closely with them to raise funds to provide riding programs for disabled veterans, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) foster children and SAL children and improvements to equestrian facilities.
The Woodside-area Horse Owners Association was founded in 2006 as an advocacy group. Its mission is to "preserve the fundamental role of horses in maintaining the rural character of the Town of Woodside and neighboring foothill communities, to enhance opportunities for equestrian activities, and to promote the enjoyment of horses in all their various roles".
Excel Equestrian, owned by Mandy Alamillo, has been providing good horses, great lessons and understanding trail guides at Wunderlich County Park for the MPF sponsored trail riding program for veterans and children.
Chaparral Ranch manages Folger Stables, and provides horseback riding lessons and trail rides in Wunderlich Park for the general public. They partner with Excel Equestrian to provide trail rides for veterans and children. Call (408) 726-8453 for reservations.
SMCHA was founded in 1940 and has over 600 members, and provides many rides and social events.
Los Viajeros holds monthly trail riders in the Bay Area, and throughout Northern and Central California
MSAR is an official arm of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. They train regularly on mounted search and rescue methods and techniques and are called out when necessary by the Sheriff.
WCF is a 501-c3 founded in 1952 that supports the charitable interests of the Woodside Community. These interests may include community service, education, arts, preservation, recreation and landscaping of public areas.
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