Volunteer Horse Patrol

All About the Volunteer Horse Patrol (VHP)

The purpose of the Volunteer Horse Patrol is to assist the San Mateo County Parks Department in providing safe and enjoyable trail use for park visitors. The scope of the volunteer activity is to observe and report trail use and conditions while riding horses within county parks, and to inform and assist park visitors. Parks participating in this program include Edgewood Park in Redwood City,Huddart and Wunderlich Parks in Woodside, Pescadero Creek Park in LaHonda, and other county park lands where horses are allowed.

Volunteer Activities

Our 100+ active members combine the joys of trail riding, the camaraderie of group activities, and the satisfaction of helping San Mateo County maintain a secure and safe environment for all park users. Volunteers perform trail maintenance at Pescadero Creek Park and on the adopted Skyline Trail connecting Huddart and Wunderlich Parks. VHP also provides a Camp Host service throughout the season at Jack Brook Horse Camp. First Aid and CPR training are offered annually to volunteers.


The Pony Express, first operating in April, 1860, was created to deliver mail to the west coast of the United States. Riders rode up to 10 hour shifts and could weigh no more than 125 pounds. The service was discontinued only 18 months later.


In Memoriam, Ernst Meissner
Pescadero Creek/Jack Brook Horse Camp Video Tour
History of the Jack Brook Horse Camp (Video)
Equine Virus Updates
Daily Updates

San Mateo County Times
News Article about VHP featuring Rob Krensky.

History of VHP
An article about our founding