Day-by-day “to-dos” at this year’s Menlo Charity Horse Show which runs Aug. 9-14

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on August 8, 2016

The Menlo Charity Horse Show takes place August 9-14, 2016, at the Menlo Circus Club (190 Park Lane) in Atherton. The annual event, recognized as a USEF Heritage Competition, benefits Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

General admission is just $10, with kids under 10 and seniors over age 65 free. Attendees get to see a wide range of competitive riding from beginner through professional. It’s also fun just to walk around and watch the riders warming up and otherwise interacting with their animals. Below are a few highlights emphasizing “family friendly” and/or most bang-for-your-buck.

Menlo horse show_jumping_verticalTuesday, Aug. 9: Start the show on a high (low) note with Day 1 of Pony Palooza in the sand arena. From noon to 3:00 pm, cheer on the youngsters and enjoy special treats and prizes.

Wednesday, Aug. 10: Day 2 of Pony Palooza kicks off in the sand arena (noon-3:00 pm) followed by the $1,000 Round Meadow Farm Pony Hunter Classic. Enjoy pizza and salad on the polo field sponsored by Nicole Norris. The action continues into the evening on the Grass Jumper Field with the 1.20 m Horse & Hound Jumper Class at 6:00 pm in honor of Larry Mayfield.

Thursday, Aug. 11: Today’s top event is the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Daryl K. Hoffman, M.D. at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 12: Perhaps the most exciting event of the week is at 6:00 pm, the 1.3 m Ryman Memorial Speed Class where competitors design the course to their liking in the hopes of taking home the $10,000 grand  prize.

Saturday, Aug. 13: At 6:00 pm brace yourselves for the $40,000 Bentley San Francisco and Bentley Los Gatos Grand Prix, consistently a highlight for spectators year after year.

Sunday, Aug. 14: The week winds down with various classes on the Hunter and Jumper field including the $2,500 De Leon Realty Junior Low Hunter Classic and $2,500 Rosewood Hotels & Resorts classes.

A complete list of horse show and social events is available online.

Photos by Laura Hamilton from the 2015 Menlo Charity Horse Show (c) 2015

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