The Woodside Junior Riders were in need of jumps to continue their long running English Riding program. The jumps cost WJR $12,000. The Woodside Community Foundation partnered with Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) to match all donations up to $6,000. The necessary funds were raised in just three days.
Who, What and Why
The Woodside Junior Riders is the oldest and longest running riding program for children on the S.F. Peninsula. Every summer since 1947, WJR has taught horsemanship, horse safety and care to about 65 children, ages 6 to 16 at Kiely Field in central Woodside. Run by volunteers and parents, the program is non-profit, funded by moderate class fees and community donations of time, money, horses, tack and equipment.
Horse jumps are a critical element of WJR’s English Riding program. In past years, WJR borrowed jumps and equipment from Woodside Pony Club. Unfortunately, The Pony Club has moved their jumps off the property so WJR now has to provide their own. WJR has researched the most cost-effective way to find the jumps needed including used or borrowed sets. But shipping and logistics is cost prohibitive for this bulky equipment. WJR found a resource in Rancho Cordova that can provide a basic jumps package of quality, durable equipment at a reasonable price.