By Alison Myoraku
Special to the Almanac
The 41st annual Menlo Charity Horse Show will take place Aug. 9 to 14 at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. Proceeds will benefit the Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
Events include three ongoing arenas where jumping competitions take place each day.
Among highlights of the show are: Tuesday morning's pony class, Wednesday's Ride and Drive Jumper Class (6 p.m.), Friday's $10,000 Ryman Speed Jumping class (6 p.m.), Saturday afternoon's Lead Line Class for children under 6, and Saturday evening's $40,000 Menlo Grand Prix.
The clubhouse is open to the public, and food and beverages are available on site. Attendees can browse some 40 vendors who offer jewelry and items for the home, garden, and stable.
Tickets are $10 per day or $35 for a six-day pass. Children under 12 and adults over 65 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the on-street gates to the event.
The "Celebrating the Horse" gala dinner with silent and live auctions will follow the Speed Jumping Class on Friday, Aug. 12. Stephen Silver, founder of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, is underwriting a dinner, in addition to donating a pair of rose gold drop earrings set with 3.5 carats of pave diamonds (valued at $10,000) to the live auction.
Other items to be auctioned at the show include a Baume and Mercier watch donated by Shreve & Company (value of $19,000), and an impressionist oil painting by Dutch artist Peter Brouwer (value of $7,000). "Jump Off," the official painting for this year's horse show created by Marnie Donaldson, will also be up for bid.
Dinner tickets, which are $225 per person, include valet parking. For information about reservations, call Pam Perez at 857-0422.
In 2010, the Menlo Charity Horse Show raised $450,000 for Vista Center, which serves clients from San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.
Betsy Glikbarg, founder and long-time co-chair of the event, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Hunter/Jumper Association, Zone 10 (California and Arizona) for her dedication to equestrian activities.
Visit [htpp://www.vistacenter.org vistacenter.org or call 858-0202 for more information on Vista Center.
Visit menlohorseshow.com or call 701-0543 for more information about the horse show.