Six days of equine events at Menlo Charity Horse Show

by Nan Chapman on August 7, 2011

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 continuing efforts to promote equestrian activities and competitions, founder and long-time co-chair, Betsy Glikbarg, recently received  a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Hunter/Jumper Association, Zone 10 (California and Arizona). Betsy is the only amateur to have received this award.  “Every member of the 150-member horse show committee earned this award,” she says.  “This undertaking couldn’t happen without the hard work and dedication of each and every one of them.”

The Menlo Charity Horse Show attracts over 400 of the finest horses and riders in the United States.  Once again, it will benefit Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, which serves thousands of clients from San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties. Last year’s event raised $450,000 for Vista.

The horse show features three arenas where continuous jumping competitions take place from sunrise to sunset.  Over 40 vendors display and offer fine jewelry and items for the home, garden and stable.  The club house is open to the public.  Food and beverages are available on site, and there is ample on street parking with free, continuous shuttle service to the grounds.

Lead line class, Menlo Charity Horse Show

Among the highlights of the show are: Tuesday morning’s pony classes, Friday’s $10,000 Ryman Speed Jumping Class at 6:oo pm, Saturday evening’s $40,000 Menlo Grand Prix., and Saturday afternoon’s Lead Line Class (pictured above) in which youngsters under 6, mounted on horses of all breeds and sizes, are led into the arena by an adult. In this event, everyone is a winner, and each rider takes home a blue ribbon.

The Ride & Drive Jumper Class, an event introduced last year, will be repeated this year at 6:oo pm on Wednesday. In this class, riders come into the arena on horseback, jump several fences on a pre-set course, then dismount, leap onto Seqways and drive through and around the same  course of jumps.

Tax deductible tickets, which can be purchased at the event, are $10 per day or $35 for a 6-day pass.  Children under 12 and adults over 65 are admitted free.

Photos of 2010 Menlo Charity Horse Show by Laura Hamilton

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