|Menlo Charity Horse Show Attracts World-Class Equestrians|
|August 30, 2006|
|By: Carla Zuber|
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|The Menlo Charity Horse Show at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton gets better every year by offering something for everyone: world-class competition for the equestrian; ring side socializing; one-of-a-kind auction items; and, perhaps most importantly, much needed funds for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the only rehabilitation provider for blind and visually impaired residents of San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Benito counties. |
This year's event generated more than $500,000 in sponsorships from more than 60 sponsors, which included San Jose British Motors, Deutsche Bank. Hermes, Frette, and Tiffany, to name a few. A host of parties were held for sponsors and guests including an evening at Louis Vuitton at Stanford Shopping Center.
The show is also known for its exotic jumps, one of which was a custom, five-foot-tall Mediterranean villa designed by Bob Flury and Bob Bradford from Flury & Bradford Designs, architects for some of the peninsula's most unique homes and underwriters for the sponsor's dinner. Dinner guests gathered for cocktails and watched the Maple Leaf Farm Ryman Memorial Speed Jumper Class followed by a dinner, dance and silent/live auction in the club house.
In attendance were Rex Sherry, MiMi Kwan, K.C. Kelley, Pat Hitchcock O'Connell, and Nancy, Bob and Caerrie Robinson (Nancy and Caerrie took a break from the competition to enjoy the evening). Sponsors Alex and Kathy Mendez also won the winning bid for a party for 20 as well as a week's stay at the luxurious Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs.
Congratulations to twins equestrians Sara Jorgenson and Gail Morey who earned championship ribbons and awards in their respective divisions.
The festivities continued into the weekend with a fun poolside barbecue featuring a fashion show with clothes and accessories from Ariat and modelling by some of the less inhibited trainers and competitors. Super competitor Keri Kampsen became a super model after winning the $40,000 Grand Prix just minutes before the fashion show.