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July 27, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'


Next Grant Application Period Opens Early 2019

July 25, 2018 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust has awarded nearly $40,000 in grants to help fund equine-focused projects by four non-profits. Since the inception of its grants program, the Trust has awarded nearly $2.1 million in grants.

The projects funded as part of the grant application period ending in May were:

ASBURY UNIVERSITY ($5,000) to fund scholarships for students participating in the university’s service mount program, which trains horses for service with police, military and national park rangers.

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT GULFPORT FOUNDATION ($3,212.75) to provide helmets and safety education to young riders.

 RACING SURFACES TESTING LABORATORY ($25,423) to examine the effects of weight on the behavior of show horses’ hooves and legs while in the air. The research will compare horses with corrective and performance shoeing to flat-shod horses.

 SACRAMENTO AREA HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION ($5,000) to offer a free training clinic to its members, who are entry-level exhibitors and low-budget owners. The money for this grant was allocated from funding reserved for Hunter/Jumper activities in California and Nevada.

The Trust’s next grant application period will begin early in 2019. Equine non-profits wishing to make a request for funding during that application period will be required to fill out the online application form at http://trusthorses.org. To be notified once the application period has opened, please email grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust’s mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Everyone is a Winner at the Menlo Charity Horse Show Las Vegas Casino Night Gala

July 18, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Atherton, CA – July 16, 2018

Guests of the 48th Annual Menlo Charity Horse Show Gala will be treated to a Las Vegas Casino Night experience Friday, August 10th at 7pm at the exclusive Menlo Circus Club. The evening will begin with a seated alfresco dining experience followed by casino gaming, auction and live music.

Vista Center Fund-A-Need will benefit from both live and silent auctions kicking off the evening’s event. The entertainment will continue as the band entices couples to the dance floor and high rollers take their seats at the casino gaming tables. What could be better than spending an exciting night at the casino mingling with friends all in the name of charity? “Since 1987 MCHS has raised over $6,000,000 for Vista Center. Looking at it annually, the donations from the show represent about 10% of our operating budget. This operating budget allows Vista Center to maintain a headquarters in Palo Alto and directly serve it’s visually impaired community,” explains Pam Brandin, Executive Director, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

“This year’s Gala will bring you all the excitement of Las Vegas. After dinner, guests will be welcomed into the clubhouse to try their hand with lady luck at the gaming tables. We have introduced a new ticket level for those who are interested in only attending our after dinner entertainment of casino gaming and dancing. Gaming and Entertainment only tickets will go on sale Monday, July 23rd” said Gala Chair Joanne Joye.

New for 2018, two ticket options will be available for this year’s event. The Gala Dinner and Evening Entertainment Ticket ($250) includes dinner, casino gaming tokens, live music and dancing. The Evening Entertainment Ticket ($125) includes casino gaming tokens, live music and dancing. The new Evening Entertainment ticket option will be available for purchase beginning Monday, July 23rd by contacting Gala@MenloCharityHorseShow.org, and may also be purchased at the door the evening of the event.

For additional information about the Gala, please contact Gala@MenloCharityHorseShow.org

Gala tickets may also be purchased online at http://www.menlocharityhorseshow.com/gala

The Gala evening is only one of the many events taking place at this years Menlo Charity Horse Show. The following calendar will provide assistance in planning your week of equestrian excellence.


*All class times are approximate and are subject to change


Wednesday, August 8th

TBD*           $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green 3’3″ Incentive Program Stake

TBD*           $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green 3′ Incentive Program Stake

TBD*           $1,000 Round Meadow Farm Pony Hunter Classic
Hunter Sand Arena


5:00 p.m.     Round Meadow Farm / Nicole Norris “Pizza Night”

Complimentary Amici pizza and salad served

Outside west end of Sponsor Tent – Polo Field


6:00 p.m.*   $2,000 Windy Hill Equestrians in Memory of Larry Mayfield 1.20m Horse & Hound Jumper Class

Polo Field Grass Jumper Ring


Thursday, August 9th

4:30 p.m.*   $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman

Polo Field Grass Hunter Ring


5:00 p.m.     The Cask Wine Bar Restaurant

Complimentary pasta & salad dinner

Beverages courtesy of Woodside Farm Vineyard, Gordon

Biersch Brewing Company and S. Martinelli & Company

Outside west end of Sponsor Tent – Polo Field


Friday, August 10th

5:00 p.m.     Village Pub & Saag’s Night Complimentary Dinner

Hospitality staff serving Village Pub’s Gazpacho Appetizer and Saag’s Sausages.

Beverages courtesy of Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards, Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., and S. Martinelli & Company

Outside west end of Sponsor Tent – Polo Field


6:00 p.m.*   $10,000 Rhys Vineyards 1.30m Ryman Memorial Speed Jumper Class

Polo Field Grass Jumper Ring

Reception hosted by AIG Private Client Group

Bearwallow Chardonnay courtesy of Rhys Vineyards

Sponsor Tent




7:00 p.m.     MENLO GALA

In celebration of Menlo’s 48th Anniversary



This year’s Friday evening Gala begins in the Clubhouse with cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres immediately following the Rhys Vineyards Ryman Memorial Speed Jumper Class.


Dine at the Club’s beautiful al fresco venue, followed by an evening of casino gaming, auction and live music.


Gala event check-in opens at the Clubhouse entrance at 5:30pm with complimentary valet parking.


Seating is limited, so make your reservations early.



Saturday, August 11th

TBD*           Lead Line Class (Afternoon)

Underwritten by Don DeFranco in memory of his beloved father, V. James DeFranco, M.D.

Hunter Sand Arena


5:00 p.m.     Complimentary BBQ Dinner courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Beverages courtesy of Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards, Drake’s Brewing Company, and S. Martinelli & Company

Outside west end of Sponsor Tent – Polo Field


6:00 p.m.* STEPHEN SILVER $40,000 GRAND PRIX

Polo Field Grass Jumper Ring

Reception hosted by NetJets

Complimentary wine courtesy of NetJets Vintner Circle Partner

Sponsor Tent


7:00 p.m.*   USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Southwest Regional Awards Presentation and Dinner

Reservations are required

Contact the Menlo Circus Club at: 650.322.4616

Menlo Circus Club


Sunday, August 12th


$2,500 Rosewood Sand Hill 1.00m Children’s/Adult Amateur Low Jumper Classic

$5,000 Summerhouse Farm 1.10m Children’s High Jumper Classic

$5,000 ELLA in Town & Country Village 1.10m Adult Amateur High Jumper Classic

$7,500 Charlebois Farm  1.20m Junior/Amateur Owner Modified Jumper Classic

$7,500 KindredBio 1.30m Junior/Amateur Owner Low Jumper Classic

$7,500 ABC7 (KGO-TV) 1.40m Junior/Amateur Owner High Jumper Classic



$2,500 Strideaway Farms / The Peterson Family 3’6” Junior Hunter Classic

$5,000 China Blue Farm Amateur Owner 3’6” Hunter Classic

$2,500 Pacific Union 3’3” Junior Hunter Classic

$2,500 Matilda Nieri 3’3” Amateur Owner Low Hunter Classic



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

$1,000 “Trick or Treat” Children’s Hunter Classic


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.


Link to shareable booklet: http://midd.me/JZ2L