Rebecca Kinkead’s “Jump Series No. 2,” 58-by-64-inch oil and wax on linen canvas, $15,500.
What started as a one-day horse show to benefit local charities has evolved into a premier equestrian event. Now in its 46th year, the Menlo Charity Horse Show has remained true to its philanthropic roots: Proceeds go to Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which supports individuals in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. “We are inspired by the dedication of the committee members and grandeur of the event,” says Pam Brandin, executive director of Vista, “and we have been able to change the lives of thousands of clients with the funding we have received from the show over the past decades.” More than $6.5 million has been raised for Vista, and, according to event co-chair Suzanne Rischman, the annual goal is $500,000. “I love seeing the community support of both the charity and the sport,” she says. This year, the show will be held at Menlo Circus Club, Aug. 9 through 14. Among the highlights are the International Hunter Derby, presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman; the Bentley San Francisco and Bentley Los Gatos Grand Prix; and the Gala Dinner Dance, underwritten by Stephen Silver and featuring a live auction.
Tickets from $10. 190 Park Lane, Atherton.
Originally published in the July issue of Silicon Valley