The Menlo Charity Horse Show, a 501 (c) (3) organization, was honored with the designation as a USEF Heritage Competition in 2012. Recognized as one of the finest equestrian events in the United States, Menlo is unique in that its origin and legacy is one of philanthropy.
Started in 1970 as a one-day horse show, Menlo has a tradition of providing outstanding equine competition while raising much needed funds for numerous charities including Planned Parenthood, Amigos De Las Americas, and Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Our current charitable partner, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Vista), was founded in 1936 and is the premier resource for individuals with vision loss in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. Vista Center helps clients reach their highest potential through programs that promote independence and improve quality of life. During our partnership, Menlo has raised over six million dollars for Vista Center.
Held at the Menlo Circus Club, the Menlo Charity Horse Show offers exhibitors and spectators one of the best show experiences in the country. Nightly events combine the excitement of show jumping with the best of entertainment featuring casual dinners, wine and beer tastings. Our sponsors are treated to breakfast, lunch, and evening wine tastings in our Mountain Home Stables Sponsor Tent.
Our Friday Night Gala "Road to Rio", graciously underwritten by Stephen Silver is a favorite for the social crowd with all proceeds going to Vista Center.
Menlo is also a World Champion Hunter Rider show, as well as home to the South West Regional Awards presentation ceremony. Over 130 volunteers work year round to make the Menlo experience unforgettable. Our history of show excellence and philanthropy is unsurpassed.