History of Bercut Equitation Field
Golden Gate Park has a rich history dating all the way back to the 1860’s. Mush of this history includes horses. Horses played an integral part in forestation of Golden Gate Park. Before 1904 only horses and bikes were allowed in the park, then came the cars. As time passed the horses use changed and horse became scarcer in the park and surrounding city. Horses were used for transportation, helped with the US lifesaving station, pulled wagons and carriages, brought building materials and other products to the park, pulled floats, carried policemen, held races and games in the Polo field, helped with military functions, pulled streetcars and were an integral; part of Kesar stadium.
In 2001 the main stable in Golden Gate Park was closed ending a 130-year span of horses in the park.
The horse today is still alive in the park. Thanks to forward thinking people the horse was brought back to the park in 2019. Chaparral ranch contracted with the city and county of San Francisco to bring back lessons, trail rides, camps and other horse activities to the Bercut Equitation field.
Thanks to our ancestors this beautiful park was saved for our future generations and wildlife. The rest is history.
Thank you, San Francisco, for your support.