The Menlo show is one of only 12 horse shows in the United States to receive the honor. "Since there are approximately 2,600 sanctioned horse shows held annually in this country, this award is really special and something to be proud of," says show spokesperson Nan Chapman.
To receive the designation, an event had to be in continuous operation for a minimum of 25 consecutive years, have significant involvement and support from the community, contribute to the promotion of equestrian sports, and be "widely recognized as being a Regional, National, or International level of competition."
Betsy Glikbarg, horse show founder and co-chair, says: "We are really honored to receive this designation, but if I can boast for just a minute, we and the community have really earned it. In its 42 years, the show has raised millions of dollars for Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and other nonprofit agencies. Because so many of its competitors have gone on to national competitions, as well as the Olympics, the show is widely recognized at all levels of competition."