September 2019 - Menlo Charity Highlights
Written by photos by Alden Corrigan Media
Saturday, 31 August 2019 18:52
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Heritage show benefiting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is another big hit at the Menlo Circus Club.

photos by Alden Corrigan Media

The 49th Menlo Charity Horse Show came to a close as over 200 volunteers were carefully packing up and storing everything from table cloths to jumps, while at the same time planning for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration next year.

The gorgeous Northern California weather made for a spectacular week of three-ring competition across the country club setting at the Menlo Circus Club.

Majestically presiding over the Grass Hunter and Jumper Fields, the sold out VIP tent was the place to see and be seen in Silicon Valley, as spectators from sponsors to businessmen to generations of families cheered on their favorites in the victory gallop.

Winner of the $5,000 China Blue Farm 3’6 AO Classic Sponsored Alexis Meadows & Antwerp.

$5,000 China Blue Farm 3’6 Adult Amateur Classic    

The competition was stiff in the $5,000 China Blue Farm 3’6” Adult Amateur Hunter Classic in the Grass Hunter Ring. In the end, Alexis Meadows and her own Antwerp led the victory gallop. Alexis also took home the second place ribbon with Legato and Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont on Black Label placed third. Priscilla Tamkin of China Blue Farm sponsored the classic. The farm is located in the Santa Ynez Valley and is devoted to breeding and developing top hunters, jumpers and equitation horses.

Winner of the 1.20m Junior Amatuer Owner Amateur Jumper Classic Sponsored by Charlebois Farm Lauren Kee & Black Irish.

1.20m Junior/ Amateur Owner / Amateur Jumper Classic

Lauren Kee on her own Black Irish was over the moon with her first win at MCHS against 18 entries. The high standards this year made for an exciting class. “He is the best horse I could ever ask for. This horse took me through the levels to 1.30m, but now since I am in college I do the 1.20m when I can to have fun. I really want to thank Matias Fernandez, my trainer who has been wonderful. I could not do this without my parents Linda Twomey and Stephen Kee, and I can’t thank them enough for the time and effort they put into supporting me and making this happen.”

The 1.20m Junior/ Amateur Owner / AmateurJumper Classicis sponsored by John Charlebois, Owner and Trainer at Charlebois Farm.

Winner of the $1,000 Peninsula Equine AA Hunter Classic NAL Tonia Cook Looker & Deja Blue.

$1,000 Peninsula Equine Medical Center Adult Amateur Hunter Classic

Tonia Cook Looker and Deja Blue won the $1,000 Peninsula Equine Medical Center Adult Amateur Hunter Classic in great style riding against a field of 17 entries. Tonia was thrilled with the performance of her young horse. Shabnam H Behzadpour on Escher followed on her heels to take second place and Emily Goldberg on Salud took home third.

The $1,000 Adult Amateur Hunter Classic is sponsored by Peninsula Equine Medical Center. Russ Peterson, MS Animal Nutrition, DVM, President and CEO of Peninsula Equine, Inc. was on hand to present the awards.

Winner of the $40,000 Stephen Silver Grand Prix Harley Brown & Mylord Cornet.

Harley Brown and Mylord Cornet Take a Leap of Faith to Win the $40,000 Stephen Silver Grand Prix

2019 marks the third year that Chairman and CEO of Stephen Silver, the leading Silicon Valley jewelry and watch retailer, based in the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, has sponsored the $40,000 Grand Prix. Silver grew up in the local area and first met Betsy Glikbarg, founder of the Menlo Charity Horse Show when he was only a teenager. Silver and his family have attended the Menlo Charity Horse Show since the very beginning. “We are committed to philanthropy in our area and have built our business according to the guiding principles of both empathy and community. We have been a sponsor for 9 years now and are delighted to once again have the opportunity to be the Grand Prix Sponsor” said Stephen Silver.

“That was fun,” said winner Harley Brown. “Mylord Cornet is a strong horse and he was great this evening. I had a bunch of kids riding in the Grand Prix too, so it has all been a bit of a blur. For me the whole evening went very quickly, I gave them all a plan to beat me, this time they didn’t, normally they do.”

Winner of the Rhys Vineyards Ryman Memorial Speed Class Cassio Rivetti & Dakota Of The Lowlands.

Fast Forward to the Field of Play

Cassio Rivetti and Dakota Of The Lowlands, owned by Jamine Talleymade, made the challenging Bernardo Costa Cabral-designed course look easy, turning in a fault free round to secure the win the $10,000 Rhys Vineyards Ryman Memorial Speed Class. Not to be outdone for second place, secured the red ribbon as well for trainer, Neil Jones’ horse Isoline Van Doperheide.

Grooms Get Their Due

Grooms are the first to arrive and the last to leave. Without the groom’s commitment and dedication none of us would be able to participate in the sport we love. The Groom’s Class at Menlo Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by FarmVet, gives the grooms the opportunity to shine in the show ring themselves, and to be recognized for their hard work day in and day out.

After close inspection of Lolo Godoy and Nacho Mata’s immaculately presented horses (Mystere, owned by Amy Hilmer and Charming 25 owned by Payton Freeman), tack, scrim sheets and grooming boxes, the grooms were judged on overall turnout of the horse, contents of their grooming box, their understanding of their role and knowledge and capabilities in presenting a horse ready for the show ring. After much deliberation, the judges determined that a tie for the blue was in order. Lolo and Nacho are both highly respected members of Cindy Brooks’ Northern Run team.