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Menlo Charity Horse Show jumps into its 44th year

The 44th annual Menlo Charity Horse Show, benefiting Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, will be held Aug. 5-10 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Some 450 exhibitors are bringing horses to the show.

The six-day event features hunter and jumper competitions on the polo field from sunrise to sunset in three arenas.

Los Gatos Luxury Cars and British Motor Car Distributors will present the Los Gatos Luxury Car Grand Prix on Saturday, Aug. 9, the highlight of the competition. An Aston Martin custom-made for the show will be on display. A portion of the proceeds from its sale will benefit the horse show.

On the sidelines, about 40 vendors will sell clothing, jewelry, and merchandise for the home, garden and stable. Food and beverages will be available in the Circus Club dining room and from purveyors on the grounds.

==b Highlights==

● Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m.: $2,000 Windy Hill Larry Mayfield Memorial Horse & Hound Jumper (Class 238 1.2 m). This event will feature teams of horses with riders and hounds with handlers racing through a course of jumps.

● Thursday, Aug. 8, at 4 p.m.: $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Daryl K. Hofman, M.D. Emulating the open hunt, field horses will jump over a traditional hunt course and a handy hunt course. This class exhibits the beauty and tradition of the sport.

● Friday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m.: $10,000 Harrell Remodeling Ryman Memorial "Take Your Own Line" Jumper Speed Class. The event showcases the speed and athleticism of show jumpers.

Following this event will be a dinner-dance and a live and silent auction benefitting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Reservations are required.

For more information, call Lindy Sherwood at (415) 254-5683.

==b Saturday==

The Los Gatos Luxury Car Grand Prix will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Horses and riders will compete over obstacles as tall as 5 feet, 6 inches for a $40,000 prize. The event will be followed by an awards program and fashion show.

Admission to the show is $10 per day. Children and those over 65 are admitted free. A six-day pass may be purchased for $35. Street parking is available and free shuttle service to the grounds is provided.

Go to menlohorseshow.com or call 701-0543 for more information. The Menlo Circus Club is at 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

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Posted by Linda
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Stopped by there today, and definitely plan to go back. Beautiful, athletic horses. Lots of good shopping and food. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Parking is a bit tough, but volunteers in golf carts pick you up at your car, and take you back when you're ready to leave the grounds. A great place for horse-loving kids to get up close and watch...sometimes even pet the animals.




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