Almanac

Sports - August 7, 2013

Hundreds of equestrians compete at horse show

More than 600 of the West Coast's top equestrians are taking part in the 43rd Menlo Charity Horse Show now continuing through Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

Lauded as one of the best in North America, the event features non-stop hunter and jumper competition from sunrise to sunset in three arenas.

Spectators can take a break from watching the equestrian action on the polo field by shopping at 40 vendors that offer a variety of items from clothing and jewelry to items for the home and stable. Food and beverages will be available in the Circus Club dining room or coffee shop or from purveyors throughout the grounds.

New this year is the $2,000 Windy Hill Larry Mayfield horse and hound jumper at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. The event features teams of horse and rider and a dog with its handler. Horses and riders will compete over a course of jumps; the rider will then tag the handler who will direct the dog over a course of jumps ranging from 4 inches to 16 inches, depending on the size of the dog.

Other highlights of the show are the $10,000 international hunter derby, sponsored by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman of Atherton, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8; the $10,000 Oliver Luxury Real Estate Ryman memorial speed jumping class at 6 p.m. Friday; and the $40,000 Bentley Grand Prix at 6 p.m. Saturday.

"The Grand Prix is the highlight of our six-day competition and not-to-be missed," says horse show founder and co-chair Betsy Glikbarg of Atherton. "Our show was recently awarded the coveted U.S. Equestrian Federation Heritage Award, one of the highest equestrian honors in the county."

Judy Levin, Cindy Morrell and Michelle Mossman are co-chairs of the Friday night dinner dance, sponsored by Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry. The live auction will include a luxury cruise to Alaska and the 2013 official painting of the horse show by local artist Stacey Turcotte. Dinner dance tickets are $250 per person.

The horse show benefits the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Tickets for the show are $10 per day, available at the gate. Children under 12 and adults over 65 are admitted free. There is street parking, with free shuttle service to the show grounds.

Visit menlohorseshow.com or call 701-0543 for more information.

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