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Here are photos from the 41st annual Menlo Charity Horse Show, held Aug. 9-14 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.
The show benefits the Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, which serves clients from San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.
Below is information from horse show staffer Nan Chapman:
The ringside crowd at the Menlo Charity Horse Show Speed Jumping Class and the ensuing dinner was larger than ever. The dinner was sold out at 380, but we accommodated an additional 20 late-coming party-goers.
Taylor Siebel, daughter of Stacey and Tom Siebel of Woodside, was a big winner in several of the jumping events.
On Wednesday evening (Aug. 10), she literally disproved the old adage that "one should not change horses in midstream," when she won the blue ribbon in the Ride and Drive competition. In this event, riders and horses must jump a number of difficult fences, and then midway, dismount and throw their legs over a Segway on which they must complete the same course, only this time by going around the jumps, rather than over them.
Then on Friday evening, she was champion in the Ryman Speed Jumping Class.
What made both of these feats so notable is that in both cases, Taylor, an amateur, bested some very talented, professional; riders. The equestrian venue is one of the few in which men compete against women, adults compete against children, and amateurs vie against professionals.
One attendee at each table at the Gala Sponsor Party was in for a delightful surprise when he or she discovered a label underneath the dinner plate that informed him that he had just won a double strand, fresh water pearl necklace, donated by Steve Silver of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry in Menlo Park, who also underwrote the evening's dinner and festivities. The winner at one table was none other than Tom Glikbarg, husband of founder and long-time co-chair of the event, Betsy Glikbarg.
Visit 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.