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Menlo Charity Horse Show Announces Inaugural Live Broadcast by Horse Network

June 19, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Atherton, CA – June 18, 2018

Menlo Charity Horse Show, a recipient of the US Equestrian Heritage Horse Show distinction, numerous National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Top 10 Horse Shows of the Year as well as a perennial favorite destination of the Equestrian Living Magazine Gold List readers announces that the 2018 horse show is a sell out.  Trainers wishing to  reserve a place on the waiting list for stalls should email Annette Longnecker, MCHS Head Show Secretary at annettel@ryegate.com 

Inaugural Three Ring Live Broadcast by Horse Network

Every class in all of the three show rings at Menlo Charity Horse Show (MCHS) will stream live and for free this year! MCHS events can be viewed at HorseNetwork.com/Live. Each day’s feature class will be available via Facebook Live on the pages of Horse Network and Menlo Charity Horse Show, where fans all over the world can watch together and weigh in on the Hunter/Jumper action as it happens at Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, California. As an additional courtesy to competitors, Menlo Charity Horse Show is offering clips from every class in the Arena, Grass Hunter Field and Grass Jumper Ring online after each day’s competition, at no additional charge.

“We’re beyond thrilled to add Menlo Charity Horse Show to the Horse Network Live roster!” said Horse Network Editor in Chief, Carley Sparks. “MCHS has an esteemed 48 year history in horse sport and is a recognized USEF Heritage Competition. This year marks the first time this incredible event will be live streamed for horse sport fans. We can’t wait to show the world all that Menlo has to offer!”

The Menlo Charity Horse Show, a 501(C)(3) organization recognized as a USEF Heritage Competition, supports the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired by producing a premiere equestrian event while educating the community on the issues of the visually impaired.





Hylofit to Demonstrate Revolutionary New Product at CHIO Rotterdam, June 22-23

June 13, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'


Demo With Tristan Tucker Follows Successful Launch at Land Rover Kentucky 3DE

Following its highly-successful launch at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event that mesmerized and excited the 11,794 spectators in attendance, Hylofit will present another demonstration of its revolutionary new heart rate monitoring system at the 70th anniversary CHIO Rotterdam in The Netherlands, June 21–24.

Tristan Tucker of TRT, an Australian FEI dressage rider and horseman, originally from Melbourne Australia and now based in Holland, is partnering with the Hylofit team to bring an objective measure to his showcase. Using Hylofit’s groundbreaking technology, the heart rates of both horse and rider will be captured and broadcast in real time on the large scoring screen at the Interchem Arena at Rotterdam. The real-time display of both heart rates will clearly demonstrate workout intensity and stress, allowing spectators to see instantly the impact of Tucker’s natural horsemanship work.

Tucker has made a name for himself working with riders and their horses to improve communication and partnership. He specializes in working with hyper-sensitive and spooky horses and his teaching is designed to train a horse mentally to be more confident and relaxed. His TRT Method ground work exercises create patterns in the horse’s body to relieve tension and teach horses how to handle and respond to flight-inducing pressures at shows. His work prepares horses for competition and trailer loading and gives them more balance and flexibility for carriage without fear or stress.

The TRT showcase with Hylofit is a natural one. Hylofit “gives proof to the horse learning a technique of controlling his own physical state in a moment of tension and resulting in a direct lowering of the horses’ heart rate,” says Tucker. What before could only be assumed based upon how a horse responded to Tucker, can now be seen objectively through Hylofit’s live heart rate display.

Hylofit is the brain child of Eliane van Reseema of Jewel Court Stud USA. Hylofit is a wearable technology that allows riders to track workout intensity and improve training results, thereby promoting the overall fitness and wellbeing of their horses. With an unobtrusive girth attachment and an easy-to-use app, Hylofit gives immediate, in-ride feedback to the rider so informed training decisions can be made from the saddle. It is the smart addition to training regimes and an important tool for the competitive equestrian athlete.

Hylofit was first showcased live at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Liz Halliday-Sharp conducted two rides with Hylofit; the dressage test ride with equine partner, Deniro Z, and a beautiful freestyle routine with equine partner, Fernhill by Night. During both rides the horse and rider heart rates, and other key metrics, were visible in real-time on the large screen in the Rolex Stadium. Both showcases wowed the live audience as well as spectators around the globe who were able to view the demonstrations via the live web broadcast.

Hylofit is currently available for pre-order and will be widely available later this year. There will be a Hylofit/TRT booth (Location N) near the entrance to the Village and Interchem Arena at CHIO Rotterdam. All are invited to stop by and learn more!

Further information on Hylofit is available at www.hylofit.com where visitors can use the code CHIO2018 to purchase the Hylofit system for 25% off. Further information on Tristan Tucker and TRT is available at www.trtmethod.com.

Menlo Charity Horse Show Names 2018 Artist of the Year

June 07, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Atherton, CA – June 4, 2018

Menlo Charity Horse Show is pleased to announce Rachel Saunders as Artist of the Year for 2018. Rachel is a native Colorado oil painter living and working in Denver. An equestrian herself, Rachel has a keen interest in the horse/human relationship. Rachel works in a variety of styles from carefully rendered subjects to a more recent exploration of expressive shapes and brushwork. Actively engaging with her subject matter, her work always asks, “What is the relationship between the animal and human? And in what way does their harmony, or discord, express itself?”

Rachel originally went to school to earn a degree in Art History at the University of Colorado in Boulder and went on to Hunter College in New York City to receive her Masters Degree in Art History. While in New York she worked at the prestigious Jack Tilton Gallery in SoHo, NY where she expanded her knowledge of modern art. After returning to her home town of Denver she founded a decorative arts company and worked as a decorative artist and muralist for over a decade. Rachel’s decorative paintwork and murals have been featured in New York Magazine, 5280 Magazine, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, as well as the historic Grant-Humphries Mansion in Denver and the home of Federico Pena, former Secretary of Transportation.

Through the years her original love of horses never left her and eventually she turned to fine art with the horse/human relationship as her primary theme. A previously self-taught artist, the years spent in the decorative painting field helped to prepare Rachel for the switch to painting on canvas. Once deciding to go into fine art Rachel studied under Sandra Kaplan and Jill Soukup at the Art Students League of Denver, and most recently been in a mentorship with master artist, Molly Davis.

The artwork titled ‘Dappled Grey’ in its original format is a 16 x 20 oil on canvas. “The inspiration for this piece came directly from a horse and rider pair I observed at the Colorado Horse Park.” explained Rachael. “Their particular harmony was so dynamic and fluid it was very compelling to watch. I happened to capture in photographs some great moments during their ride and from those photos sprang the idea for the painting. Spending time with horses and the people who love them is a source of great joy in my life and so being chosen as Menlo Charity Horse Show’s Artist of the Year is a huge honor. I have admired the work of past chosen artists so much and feel privileged to be included amongst them.”

Rachel has received the Marilyn Newmark award for painting at the American Academy of Equine Art, and an Honorable Mention award for a piece at the Rocky Mountain Art in the Park show. She has been selected as a finalist in Southwest Art’s Magazine Artistic Excellence contest and been a featured artist in The Chronicle of the Horse magazine.

To learn more about Rachel Saunders Fine Art, please visit www.rsaundersfineart.com

The Menlo Charity Horse Show, a 501(C)(3) organization recognized as a USEF Heritage Competition, benefits Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired by producing a premiere equestrian event while educating the community on the issues of the visually impaired.