Members of the Menlo Charity Horse Show Committee unanimously selected Nancy Christy-Moore of Surprise, AZ to be the official artist for the 42nd anniversary of this annual, equestrian competition. Christy-Moore's acrylic/collage/mixed water media painting, Shades of Glory, valued at $2,400, will be auctioned off at the gala Sponsors' Dinner on Fri., Aug. 10. Reproductions of this work will be featured on the event's mugs, posters, invitations stationery and website. The artist will be attending the event, and Shades of Glory and other pieces of her art will be on display, and for sale, during this nationally recognized horse show.
Nancy Christy-Moore is an internationally recognized, award-winning painter whose works have been displayed in many private and corporate collections. Her paintings have appeared in museums and as limited editions for the Hyatt Regency Hotel chain. She has had over 20 solo exhibits, with two of them in Japan. She was the cover artist for the Summer 2011 issue of Horses in Art Magazine and also in 2011, she was invited to exhibit at the Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy.
Although not an equestrian herself, the artist says, "I have loved horses all of my life, and my abiding love for horses has never diminished. Horses have great power for me, and I draw strength and courage from painting them." In addition to her paintings of horses, she supports many horse rescue and sanctuary groups through donations of prints of her equestrian art. She is also a strong advocate for saving the wild horses from Bureau of Land Management roundups.
Co-chair and founder of the horse show, Betsy Glikbarg of Atherton, says, "We are honored that Nancy Christy-Moore will be adding her name to the list of other, extremely talented and well-known artists, such as LeRoy Neiman, who have participated in our event."
This year's Menlo Charity Horse Show, which in the past has been recognized as "One of the Best Shows in North America" as well as "One of the Best Shows of the Year" by the National Hunter Hall of Fame, has also been nominated for a "Heritage Show" designation by the U.S. Equestrian Foundation. Additionally, it has recently been notified by the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association that the 2012 show has been selected to feature a $10,000 International Hunter Derby, an event designed to create more excitement in the Hunter Division and to foster competition at an international level.
This year's horse show will take place Aug. 7-12 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Over 500 of the West Coast's top riders and horses are expected to compete, non-stop in jumping events in three arenas.
Once again, the event will benefit Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired in Palo Alto. In 2011, the Center served over 2,000 clients in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. Through the years, it has raised millions of dollars for the agency, and currently accounts for about one-fifth of its annual budget. Last year's horse show raised $433,000 for Vista Center which is dedicated to the premise of "enabling clients to achieve their highest potential through programs that promote independence and improve the quality of life."
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