Archive of Nan Chapman

Nan has written 11 article(s) for InMenlo.


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Rick Timmons of Dallas, Texas, will be the official artist of the 2016 Menlo Charity Horse Show. His artwork,  titled Cloud Jumper, is valued at $6,400 and will be auctioned off Friday night, August 12, at the Gala Dinner (sponsored by Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry) which immediately follows the $10,000 Ryman Take Your Own Line Speed Jumping Class. Reproductions of the artwork will be featured on the event’s stationery, posters, invitations, tee shirts, mugs and website.

Rick was born in Florida but was raised in Dallas where he attended Junior High and High School.  Prior to attending art school he spent four years in the construction business traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico and all over the United States absorbing the culture of the various regions.

In 1981, after completing his studies at the Art Institute of Dallas, Rick joined the Dallas Fire Department where he would spend the next 13 years as a fire fighter/paramedic and member of the department’s football, rodeo and powerlifting teams.  Countless hours of his off-duty time were spent in his studio honing his art, and it wasn’t long before his paintings was being displayed regionally in numerous galleries which specialized in Southwestern Art.

In 1984, he made the difficult decision to retire from the fire department in order to pursue painting, his “ultimate passion” on a full time basis. He opened his first public studio in 1996.  Since then, his oil portraits and paintings have sold in the United States and Europe. Rick’s  equine and sports art has been featured in publications such as Art News, Southwest Art Magazine, and Equine Images.

He continues to operate Loco Gringo Studios in Dallas.  He will be in attendance at the horse show’s Gala Dinner on August 12th, and says, “I am really looking forward to attending this unique, equestrian event, about which I’ve heard so much.”

The Menlo Charity Horse Show will take place August 9-14 at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.  Founder and Co-chair of the event, Betsy Glikbarg of Atherton says,  “We welcome Mr. Simmons’ enthusiastic participation in helping us celebrated our 46h anniversary this year.  Cloud Jumper is a powerful depiction of the strength and beauty of equestrian competition.”

Once again the event will benefit Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired which serves thousands of clients in San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara Counties.  Over the past 5 years, the show has raised more than $1.8 million for the Center.

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Menlo Charity Horse Show committee selects artist for the event’s 45th anniversary

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Members of the Menlo Charity Horse Show Committee announced that Heather Theurer of Las Vegas will be the Official Artist for the 45th anniversary of the nationally-honored equestrian competition. Ms. Theurer’s work, titled Equus Series l:ll, is painted in oils on board, in the tradition of the Renaissance Masters with upwards of 20 layers of glazing. […]

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Community invited to fundraising event at The Horse Park featuring various equine-related demonstrations

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Members of the community are invited to attend a special event in celebration and support of the Horse Park at Woodside. It is hoped that the event, the first public event of the 2014 capital campaign, will raise funds for necessary improvements and maintenance of the facility. It will take place at the Horse Park, […]

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Two young equestrians from Atherton are winners at local horse show

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Local equestrians brought home more than their fair share of blue ribbons and awards at last week’s United Professional Horseman’s Association Horse Show which was held at the Horse Park in Woodside. The event is the premier show for the western states and featured American Saddlebreds, Morgans and Hackney ponies. There were over 170 entries […]

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Budweiser Clydesdales get a taste of Woodside but, alas, make no public appearances

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For the past two weeks, equestrians at The Horse Park in Woodside have had the pleasure of watching some of the best-known advertising icons in the world, the Budweiser Clydesdales, frolicking and basking in the sun in the paddocks at the facility which is located at the corner of Sand Hill and Whiskey Hill Roads. […]

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International Horse Trials return to The Horse Park

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Each year top eventing competitors plan their schedules with one goal in mind — qualifying for a three-day event. In October that means the return of the West Coast’s best horses and riders to the Woodside International Horse Trials on October 4-7. For riders who are aiming for the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event in November, […]

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Menlo Charity Horse Show scheduled for August 7-12 at Menlo Circus Club

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Only two days after the entry forms for the Menlo Charity Horse Show were posted, over 500 of the West Coast’s top equestrians responded, thereby assuring that the competitive slots would once again be filled.  “We made over $100,000 in necessary improvements this year, including putting down new footing in the jumping arena and purchasing […]

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Spotted: New artistan-designed gate at The Horse Park

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A decorative steel and copper gate, emblazoned with the facility’s brand new logo, is greeting visitors to The Horse Park at the corner of Whiskey Hill and Sand Hill Roads in Woodside.  Designed and created by local artisan and metalsmith, Bill Sorich, the gate is intended to not only welcome people to the park, but […]

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Olympic-style, 3-day eventing comes to Horse Park at Woodside on May 25-26

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Peninsula residents need not travel to London to watch Olympic-style, three-day eventing equestrian competition when the fourth annual Woodside Preliminary Challenge returns to the Horse Park at Woodside at 3674 Sand Hill Road May 25-26. The event offers $15,000 in prize money, as well as an additional $15,000 in each of the two divisions. Over three […]

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Volunteers needed for restoration work at Horse Park on Feb. 4

The community is invited to participate in a Volunteer Day at the Horse Park from 9:30 to Noon on Saturday, Feb 4.  “Community support is urgently needed in our efforts to preserve and protect our native environment,”  said Nancy Benson, a Board member at the Park. Volunteers will be asked to help with planting and […]

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Six days of equine events at Menlo Charity Horse Show

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The 41st Menlo Charity Horse Show continues to rack up the accolades. Named in the past as “One of the Best Shows” by the National Hunter Hall of Fame,  the event, which runs from Aug. 9 to 14 at the Menlo Circus Club, was recently nominated as a “Heritage Horse Show.” Additionally, in recognition of her […]

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