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49th Annual Menlo Charity Horse Show Wrap Up ArticleThe 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.2019 HighlightsThe Windy Hill Larry Mayeld 1.20m Horse and Hound Jumper ClassicThe Windy Hill Larry Mayeld 1.20m Horse and Hound Jumper Classic had a very special result, as in the end, it was Natalie Gerst, the Granddaughter of the late Larry Mayeld in the winner’s circle.The event was established in the memory of Larry Mayeld by Laura Gerst, Natalie’s mother, and family members. Three generations have now consistently participated in, and attended, Menlo Charity Horse Show and a young Natalie was over the moon having won the event held in her grandfather’s honor.The $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dr. Daryl K. HoffmanThe $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman has long been a highlight of the Menlo Charity Horse Show, and was the showcase event on Thursday afternoon. John French returned to the Grass Hunter Field after sitting out the 2018 event due to injury. John had the ride on friend and client Kristen Hiller’s Center Court. It is clear that strong relationship built between horse and rider remains rmly in tact, as the two have been separated geographically for nearly a year, and were both happy to return to Menlo, which French and Hiller consider to be their hometown show, and on this, his 32nd year coming to the event, took the Championship title.Winning horse & rider combination Natalie Gerst & PhiladelphiaWinner of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman John French & Center Court

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49th Annual Menlo Charity Horse Show Wrap Up Article$10,000 Rhys Vineyards Ryman Memorial Speed ClassCassio Rivetti and Dakota Of The Lowlands owned by Jamine Talleywere the superstars of Friday evening’s $10,000 Rhys Vineyards Ryman Memorial Speed Class. Practice seemed to make perfect as he also took second place on his trainer, Neil Jones’ horse Isoline Van Doperheide. Rhys Vineyard’s Catherine Harvey, a Menlo Co-Chair and her husband Kevin have been dedicated to supporting the horse show for many years. 2019 marks the third consecutive year as host and Sponsor of the Friday evening event and speed class.$40,000 Stephen Silver Grand Prix2019 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.Thirty horse and rider combinations accepted the challenge presented by international Course Designer Bernardo Costa Cabral.Those lucky enough to make it to the jump off had to take a huge risk as every attempt at acceleration could result in a rail. Brown and Mylord Cornet managed to set a time that was hard to beat. Those who tried fell pray to a rail (or more) as they attempted to knock Brown off the top spot.Winner of the Rhys Vineyards Ryman Memorial Speed Class Cassio Rivetti (& Dakota Of The Lowlands) shown here on his 2nd place horse Isoline Van DorperheideWinner of the $40,000 Stephen Silver Grand Prix Harley Brown & Mylord Cornet

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Cynthia Hyde and Hey Sugar!Photograph by Alden Corrigan MediaA Classic Sunday$1,000 Peninsula Equine Medical Center Adult Amateur Hunter ClassicTonia Cook Looker and Deja Blue won the $1,000 Peninsula Equine Medical Center Adult Amateur Hunter Classic in great style riding against a eld 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 PeninsulaEquine Medical Center. Russ Peterson, MS Animal Nutrition, DVM, President and CEO of Peninsula Equine, Inc. was on hand to present the awards.$5,000 China Blue Farm 3’6 Adult Amateur ClassicThe competition was stiff in the $5,000 China Blue Farm 3’6” Adult Amateur Hunter Classic in the Grass Hunter Ring. In the end, it would be Alexis Meadows and her own Antwerp leading 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 Ynes Valley of California is devoted to breeding and developing top hunters, jumpers and equitation horses.1.20m Junior/ Amateur Owner / Amateur Jumper Classic Sponsored by Charlebois FarmLauren Kee on her own Black Irish was over the moon with her rst win at Menlo against eighteen entries. The high standards this year made for an exciting class.The 1.20m Junior/ Amateur Owner / Amateur Jumper Classic is sponsored by John Charlebois, Owner and Trainer at Charlebois Farm.The Menlo Charity Horse Show, a 501 (c) (3) organization which Started in 1970 as a one-day horse show, and has a tradition of providing outstanding competition as well as raising funds for community partners. Over the past four decades, Menlo has provided funding to numerous charities including Planned Parenthood, Amigos De Las Americas, and our current charitable partner Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Now a six-day event, Menlo was recognized in 2012 as a USEF Heritage Competition. Menlo has been nationally recognized as one of the top horse shows in the country. Designated as the USHJA World Champion Hunter Rider Competition, Menlo plays host to the USHJA WCHR South West Regional Awards ceremony.The rich history of this show and its philanthropy is unsurpassed.Winner of the $1,000 Peninsula Equine A/A Hunter Classic NAL Tonia Cook Looker & Deja Blue

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Links and CLICK HERE TO ACCESS PRESS RELEASE IMAGES Photo Credit ©Alden Corrigan Media Winner of the $5,000 China Blue Farm 3’6 AO Classic Sponsored Alexis Meadows & AntwerpWinner of the 1.20m Junior Amatuer Owner Amateur Jumper Classic Sponsored by Charlebois Farm Lauren Kee & Black Irish