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3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
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for the San Francisco Peninsula
and South Bay Area


California Donkey and Mule Association
Promoting our long-eared friends, CADAMA sponsors all-equine shows and clinics. Check website for more information.
Los Altos Hills Horsemen's Association
LAHHA promotes all activities concerning horsemanship and trail access in the Town of Los Altos Hills and neighboring communities. LAHHA also sponsors frequent shows and other events between March and October. Events are held at the Town Ring on Purisima near Viscaino in Los Altos Hills. Write to Drawer "I", Los Altos, CA 94023-4009. Fax (650) 968-4686. E-mail to
Los Gatos Horsemen's Association
LGHA is a primarily a trail-riding club, with rides every weekend during fair weather, plus several camping trips each year. The club also participates in several parades and invites new members - residence in Los Gatos or a horse of one's own not required! Contact Frank Baykoni, President by email, , call (408) 358-3598 or mail to P.O Box 1735, Los Gatos, CA 95031. <</dd>
Los Viajeros Riding Club
LV is known for its Four-Day Ride, usually held in the third week in June. The club also offers day rides and other overnight events from March through November for its members and their guests. The rides are structured to ensure safety, good food and a good time. We're always looking for a new place to ride. Check out the club's web page or call the President, Cathy Hatcher, days (415) 863-2641 or eves (650) 726-5375 or
Mounted Patrol San Mateo County
Meeting twice a month at its Club House located on 23 acres of wooded hills in Woodside, which is a Red Cross designated Disaster Relief Center. Members assist in search and recue for the Sheriff of San Mateo County. The Patrol sponsors a Youth Rodeo every July 4th and hold weekly riding clinics during the summer. For more information write to: Captain, Mounted Patrol SMC, 521 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside, CA 94062.
North American Trail Riding Conference, Region 1 (NATRC)
NATRC Region 1 covers northern California and part of Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. They annually sponsor 8 rides in California and one in Alaska. Rides have three divisions: Novice (for new riders and young horses; Competitive Pleasure (slower pace); and, Open for those who enjoy longer, faster events). Please see web site at for information on equestrian clinics and events. Jim Ferris can be contacted at for additional information. Carol Barnes is Chairman of Region 1 and can be reached at cbarnes99@juno.comp
Peninsula Carriage Driving Club
The PCDC aims to draw together people interested in equine-powered vehicles, to give carriage driving enthusiasts a chance to meet others in the driving community, and to provide a forum for sharing information on driving. The goal of the club is to emphasize driving safety and the promotion of pleasure driving as an alternative to competitive show driving. Email
Quicksilver Endurance Riders, Inc.
QER meets the second Wednesday of each month at Santa Clara County Horsemen's Grounds. Sponsor trail rides, poker rides, moonlight rides, endurance rides plus trail building and maintenance projects. Contact Maryben Stover (408) 265-0839 or write P.O. Box 71, New Almaden, CA 95042.
San Francisco Horsemen's Association
SFHA Promotes interest, maintaining horses and horsemanship in and around the city of San Francisco. Check website or call Josh Hatcher at (650) 726-5375 for information.
San Mateo County Horsemen's Association.
SMCHA sponsors educational seminars, clinics, youth programs, camping, general meetings and group rides. Publishes an award-winning newsletter of trail information and stories of local rides. Sponsor for the Clarkia Trail. P.O. Box 620092, Woodside, CA 94062. Phone (650) 568-1045.
San Mateo County Volunteer Horse Patrol
Provide a volunteer public service with the SMCVHP while riding in your parks and open spaces. Training and certification provided annually by San Mateo County for official patrol of county park trail system. Annual first aid and CPR classes provided free. Uniforms required. Active support for trail maintenance. Sponsor for the Skyline Trail. For additional information check website or email the Secretary at
San Martin Horsemen's Association
SMHA is a volunteer organization which sponsors trail rides, clinics, camping, education, trail building and horse advocacy. Meets monthly at 7 pm the second Friday. Families and children always welcome. Kathy Wyland may be contacted at PO Box 275, San Martin, CA 95046
Santa Clara County Horsemen's Association
The SCCHA provides a volunteer public service while riding in your parks and open spaces. SCCHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting good horsemanship and trail use. Monthly meetings 7 pm the 3rd Friday of every month include educational programs. Visitors welcome. Regular monthly group rides and/or campouts, either at regional parks or on private property (by special arrangement with the owners) as well as special events such as playdays, dances and poker rides. Rides are often followed by barbecues and/or dances. For information on rides, call the SCCHA information hotline at (408) 268-6155. Clubhouse is located at 2035 McKean Rd. San Jose CA and is available for rental.
Santa Cruz County Horsemen's Association.
The SCCHA meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30PM at the Clubhouse at the Graham Hill Showgrounds at Graham Hill and Sims Roads in Santa Cruz. Shows, rides, clinics and trail building. Membership includes use of facility with horse camping and direct access to miles of trails. Write to P.O. Box 1014, Santa Cruz CA 95061 for information call Liz Maitoza (831) 763-7885 or e-mail
Summit Riders Horsemen's Association
Summit Riders was formed over 30 years ago in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is a family-oriented group sponsoring trail rides, overnight campouts, horse shows, and play days. They also have clinics and speakers. General meetings occur the second Thursday night monthly at 7:30 pm at Mountain Bible Church on Summit Road. Contact Karel Waugh at 22420 Summit Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95030 or email
West Coast Horse Association
West Coast Horse Association is a San Mateo County coast side equestrian organization. Active in July 4th Parade in Half Moon Bay, Coastside Ranch Rodeo and schooling shows. For information, contact Roxy Stone at or call (650) 726-7969. Web site will be coming soon.

Please check our Specialized Resources: Equestrian for additional resources and organizations outside the SF Peninsula and South Bay Area.
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