The 44th annual Menlo Charity Horse Show benefiting Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired will be held August 5 to 10 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Attracting 450 exhibitors, the six-day event features non-stop Hunter and Jumper competitions in three arenas.
Spectators can take a break from watching the equestrian action and enjoy shopping supplied by 40 vendors providing merchandise for the home, garden and stable, as well as clothing and jewelry. Refreshments will be available in the Circus Club dining room as well as from various food and beverage purveyors throughout the grounds.
Wednesday, August 7, 6:00 pm: $2,000 Windy Hill Larry Mayfield Memorial Horse & Hound Jumper (Class 238 1.2 m) This unique event will feature teams of horses with riders and hounds with handlers who will race through a specially designed course of jumps.
Thursday, August 8, 4:00 pm: $ 10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Daryl K. Hofman, MD. Emulating the open hunt field, horses will jump over a traditional hunt course and a handy hunt course.
Friday, August 9, 6:00 pm: $10,000 Harrell Remodeling Ryman Memorial “Take Your Own Line” Jumper Speed Class. This event showcases the speed and athleticism of show jumper.
A dinner dance, “The Magic of Courage,” and live and silent auction benefitting Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, underwritten by Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, will follow the jumping class. Reservations required. For further information: contact Lindy Sherwood at 415-254-5683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, August 10, 6:00 pm.: Los Gatos Luxury Car Grand Prix, presented by Los Gatos Luxury Cars and British Motor Car Distributors, will showcase premier equine athletes as they compete over obstacles as tall as 5 feet 6 inches for a $40,000 prize.
Tax-deductible tickets for the Menlo Charity Horse Show are available at the gate for $10 per day; children under 12 and adults over 65 receive complimentary admission. 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 2014 Premium Book Section at www.menlocharityhorseshow.com or call: 650-701-0543.
Caption: Hunter Siebel of Woodside rides Z Coast C,in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at last year’s horse show.
Photo by Alden Corrigan