Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision:


The Mounted Patrol Foundation believes that horses and equestrian activities create a wonderful, healthy community. Historically, horses were essential to life in the United States for transportation, work and pleasure. The Mounted Patrol Foundation seeks to honor this legacy by continuing to maintain, develop and encourage equestrian facilities, activities and heritage in the town of Woodside, the county of San Mateo and 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 support programs that use horses to fulfill our obligation to veterans who have given so much, to CASA kids who have lost so much, and SAL children, who have so little.


Our Mission:

The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), charitable organization that works in collaboration with local government, other public agencies and other non-profits to support and promote equestrian activities and facilities in the area.  The Foundation serves the fiscal agent for CHAPS - Community Horse Advocacy Program for San Mateo County - and works closely with them to achieve our mutual goals.

These goals include:

Current Fundraising Projects and Completed projects

Wunderlick Park Bypass Trail and McGarvey Flat Picnic Area
Over the past year, we have been working with County Parks to design and plan a new equestrian/pedestrian trail that will bypass the slide on the Lower Alambique trail. Construction was completed and final fixes are being finished. Open to Equestrians in late June.  Special thanks to Woodside-area  Horse Owners Association   WHOA for their  outstanding financial support

Open this for more information on the Wunderlich ByPass Trail

We were also able to build a trail to access the picnic area at McGarvey Gulch. Open to Equestrians June 15

Open this for more information on McGarvey Gulch Picnic Area Trail

Hitching Rails - Jack Brook and Pescadero Creek Parks

Way back, in August 2015, we developed a plan for hitching rails in Jack Brook Horse Camp and Pescadero Creek County Park. The ones in Jack Brook Horse Camp and Hoffman Flat Trail Head were installed in 2016. But the ones in Shaw Flat and Parke Gulch were delayed due to access issues, rains and environmental review.

Friday, October 13, 2017: Installation is finally completed. Thanks to the crew from our contractor AllFence, who hauled tools to the sites and dug the holes. Thanks to Park Service Team - David Vasquez and Mark Schneider who helped with the final tasks to finish the project.
Next summer - Enjoy the new hitching rails.
Hitching Rails -Jack Brook-Pescadero Creek Park.pdf
Trail Rides for Veterans, CASA (Foster) Children and SAL kids
The MP Foundation and CHAPS are working together to raise funds to provide free trail rides and lessons for veterans, CASA (foster children) and SAL (Sheriffs Activity League) kids at Wunderlich Park in Woodside.  WHOA! =  Woodside-area  Horse Owners Association has been a major supporter of this program for which we are very grateful.  Much of their funds are raised at the Woodside Day of the Horse in October each year so come and participate in that wonderful event.  More info at:

  WHOA! website

Veterans Trail Rides - More info

CASA Kids Trail Rides More Info


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