Atherton, California, USA – August 13, 2022 – It was a beautiful evening in Atherton, California as spectators gathered for the $50,000 Stephen Silver Grand Prix on the Grass Jumper Field. The class was sponsored by Stephen Silver, a Silicon Valley based gemologist, geologist, diamonteer, and philanthropist. Jared Silver, President of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, stated, “Philanthropy is the cornerstone of our business, and we actively seek out local partners like the Menlo Charity Horse Show who make a direct positive impact on our community. We are proud to have sponsored the Menlo Charity Horse Show for ten years running, returning once again this year as the Grand Prix Sponsor.”
The action-packed day culminated in the Grand Prix, which kept spectators on the edge of their seats. Alan Wade‘s course seemingly utilized every inch of the Grass Jumper Field. In round one, seventeen of the top horse-and-rider combinations took to the ring. Only four pairs jumped clear, earning their spot in the jump off. The final four included Patrick Seaton (GBR) aboard two mounts – Skipio K and Crunch K, Aya Clear (USA) riding Famorku, and Matt Archer aboard Luigi VD Bisschop. It was a race against the clock after a few course adjustments from Alan Wade after round one. Ultimately, speed demons Matt Archer (USA) and Luigi VD Bisschop, owned by Rhys Farms, LLC, galloped into first place with a clear jump off time of 36.505 seconds.
Grand Prix winner Matt Archer (USA) commented, “They create a good amount of atmosphere here at Menlo. It’s very special. The organizing committee and all of the people that donate their time all year long do such an incredible job – they make this event happen. I am really grateful for all of their effort. Luigi’s energy tonight felt really, really good. He had a couple days rest, so he was just happy. He jumped an unbelievable first round. Luigi is just really, really smart. He gets the sport. He understands that the object is to jump clear. He truly understands that, not just in his mind but in his heart. He always, always tries to do the right thing. He is the most genuine and incredible horse I’ve ever had. He’s a dear, dear friend of mine and is the horse of my career.”
Archer continued, “Course designer Alan Wade (IRL) is legendary in our sport, so to have him here at the Menlo Charity Horse Show is a great opportunity for all of us to jump good, good courses. He does an unbelievable job of not only setting something that is appropriate, but still gets his faults all over the course. It’s a testament to a great course designer.”
“I am really, really happy with the result, and I am grateful that we could do it here at Menlo, for the 50th, and for our owners, the Harvey Family. They’ve been so incredibly supportive of this horse show, the local charity, and my wife and I. So, to do that for them tonight makes me really happy.” Congratulations to all, as we close the curtain on another beautiful day at Menlo. The Grand Prix was commentated by Morgan Caplane and Hugh Mutch. Watch individual rounds here.
Final Results – $50,000 Stephen Silver Grand Prix
1) Matt Archer (USA) & Luigi vd Bisschop – 0 / 0 – 36.505
2) Patrick Seaton (GBR) & Skipio K – 0 / 0 – 39.05
3) Aya Clear (USA) & Famorku – 0 / 0 – 42.789
Source: Press Release by Alli Lambert for the Menlo Charity Horse Show
Photos: © Menlo Charity Horse Show / GrandPix