Last month I was invited to check out the Menlo Park Charity Horse show. For quick reference, Menlo Park is located equal distance between San Francisco and San Jose. Menlo Park is home to Facebook Headquarters, in between Palo Alto and Redwood City. Due to it’s squiggly city lines, it’s intertwined with one of the richest zip codes in America (according to Forbes).
About the Event
“Founded in 1970, Menlo has grown to be nationally recognized as one of the finest professional and amateur equestrian events in the United States. It is unique in that its origin and legacy is one of philanthropy. Menlo has a long tradition of providing outstanding equine competition and in tandem, serving those in need. All proceeds from this six-day event benefit Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the primary source of assistance for the blind and visually impaired for Silicon Valley and beyond. To date, Menlo has raised and provided Vista Center with over six million dollars.
Celebrating its 49th year, this world-class competition takes place at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, California. The Circus Club is one of the most exclusive private clubs in the world and generously opens its doors to the public during this six-day event on its celebrated polo field and in its exquisitely manicured arenas. Menlo has received the highest designation of USEF Heritage Competition. This designation has only been bestowed upon 14 of the approximately 2600 recognized horse shows held annually in the United States.
Menlo continues to attract many of the most accomplished riders in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It is considered one of the country’s best horse shows by riders, trainers and judges alike. In addition to professional participants, Menlo is equally known as a great place for amateurs to compete and advance in national rankings. The show has obtained and delivers the “AA” rating for competition (https://www.menlocharityhorseshow.com/)”.
Touching the horses was the highlight of my day. I can’t remember the last time I touched an animal this big. Such majestic creatures, I could not get used to the sensation of them snuffling against my palm when I went to go introduce myself to them. It made me yelp out in such a nervous dorky laugh! ha ha 🙂
Fun little fact: The participants have an interior design competition for the best stable aesthetic.
Wine sponsors for the event
Bernardo’s Winery, Bernardus Winery, Double Eagle Winery, Drake’s Brewing Company, Freewheel Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Grieve Winery, Hope & Grace Winery, Landmark Winery, Light Horse Wines, Jamieson Ranch Winery, Justin Vineyards, Lineage Winery, S. Martinelli & Company, Mia Nipote Wines, Ragbag Wineworks, Rhys Vineyards, Steven Kent Wines, Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards, and Woodside Farm Vineyard.
For additional information about the event and a detailed schedule, please visit the official website.
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