The 43rd annual Menlo Charity Horse Show, benefiting Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, takes place August 6 to 11 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. The show, popularly lauded as one of “The Best in North America,” attracts over 650 Northern California, national, and international exhibitors. Children, adults, amateur, professional, and Olympian equestrians compete, often side-by-side.
The six-day event features non-stop hunter and jumper competitions from sunrise to sunset in three areas. Spectators can take a break from watching the equestrian action on the polo field and shop from over 40 vendors, covering everything from home to garden, stable, clothing and jewelry. Refuel and refresh in the club dining room, coffee shop or enjoy food and drinks from various food and beverage purveyors throughout the grounds.
Highlights of the show include:
Wednesday, August 7, 6:00 pm.: $2,000 Windy Hill Larry Mayfield Memorial Horse & Hound Jumper (Class 238 1.2 m) This new and unique event will feature teams of a horse and rider and a dog with his handler. Horses and riders will compete over a course of jumps and then the rider will tag the handler, who will race the dog through a course of jumps. Fence heights for the dogs will range from 4” to 16” depending on the height of the dog.
Thursday, August 8, 6:00 pm.: $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby – Presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman
Friday, August 9, 6:00 pm: $10,000 Olivier Luxury Real Estate Ryman Memorial “Take Your Own Line” Speed Jumping Class (1.2 m)
Saturday, August 10, 6:00 pm.: $40,000 Bentley Los Gatos and Bentley San Francisco Grand Prix: This will showcase premier equine athletes as they compete over obstacles as tall as 5 feet 6 inches.
“The Grand Prix is the highlight of our six-day competition and not-to-be missed,” said Betsy Glikbarg, Menlo Charity Horse Show founder and co-chair. “Our show was recently awarded the coveted United States Equestrian Federation Heritage Award, one of the highest equestrian honors in the country.”
Tax-deductible tickets for the horse show are available at the gate for $10 per day, children under 12 and adults over 65 are admitted free. A six-day pass may be purchased for $35. Ample street parking is available and free shuttle service to the grounds is provided. For further information and schedules, please visit the 2013 Premium Book section or call: 650-701-0543.