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Menlo Charity Horse Show

Atherton, Calif………..It seems that neither the proverbial “rain, nor sleet, nor snow”, nor a sinking economy coupled with rising gas prices can keep the Menlo Charity Horse Show from rivaling its past popularity with hundreds of competitors in the western United States. According to Betsy Glikbarg, of Atherton, Founder and Co-Chair of the event, the 700 slots for participants were once again filled within hours of the entry forms being posted on the show’s official web site, and there is now a waiting list of 300 hopeful contestants.

Mrs. Glikbarg added, “In past years we were fearful that the lingering drought, or the fuel shortage would negatively affect our show, but now, as was the case then, the event and its beneficiary, The Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, have proven to be enough of a draw to attract legions of horses and their riders, as well as generous sponsors in both the private and business sectors. In fact we have 10 more sponsors than last year.”

This year the show, which was voted “2nd Best in the U.S” by the national membership of Phelps Sports Media Group in 2007, runs August 5th through August 10th at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 per day, or $35 for a 6 day pass. Children under 12 and seniors over 65 are admitted free. Street parking is available with shuttle service to the arenas provided. Food and beverage are available for purchase, and the club house will be open to the public for lunch every day. Over 40 vendors will be displaying and selling clothing, jewelry, artwork and items for the home, garden and stable.

Competition and jumping events are continuous in 3 arenas for all 6 days of the show, as top riders and their horses vie for over $150,000 in prize money and awards donated by the likes of Tiffany, Neiman Marcus, Hermes and Baccarat. Spectators will enjoy the specially created jumps which reflect the logos and names of the horse show’s sponsors. Highlights are the pony classes on Tuesday and Wednesday; the $10,000 Ryman Memorial Speed Jumping Class at 6 p.m. on Friday; the $10,000 Grand Hunter Challenge (sponsored by Pat Hitchcock O’Connell) just preceding the Ryman Class and the $40,000 Grand Prix at 6 p.m. on Saturday Evening. One of the most popular competitions of the show wherein all riders receive a blue ribbon is the Childrens (under 6 years of age) Lead Line Class scheduled for 1 p.m. in the sand arena on Saturday afternoon. Typically, all other horse show activities stop at this time, so that all the spectators and contestants have a chance to root for their favorite young riders.

“Show Time”, a gala dinner, auction and dance will take place immediately after the Speed Jumping Class on Friday evening. Among the items to be auctioned off are a giclee print, entitled “To the Ring”. donated by Official Horse Show Artist, Elin Pendleton of Riverside, California; a Holland America Line cruise to either the Caribbean or Mexico; and a Jaeger Le Coultre watch, valued at $10,800 which was donated by Shreve & Company, Palo Alto and San Francisco. New sponsor this year, the Four Seasons Hotel, Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto is offering an overnight party for 4, which includes an elegant dinner in a private dining room and suites for 1 night for the entire group. Tickets for the dinner are $200 per person. For reservations, telephone: 650-322-7686 or email: sallytennyson@mhs.com.

Proceeds from the event, now celebrating its 37th year) benefit the Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired which is located at 2470 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. The goal of the center is to make self-reliance possible for the more than 2,000 blind and visually impaired individuals in our community. Last year’s horse show raised $475,000 ($30,000 more than the previous event) for the center.

For further information about Vista Center, please contact Pam Brandin, Executive Director at: 650-858-0202, or at http://www.vistacenter.org.

For more information about the horse show events and scheduling, please telephone: 650-701-0543 or visit: http://www.menlohorseshow.com.

 

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