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S E C T I O N 2 #OMMUNITY S TO R I E S A B O U T P E O P L E A N D E V E N T S I N T H E C O M M U N I T Y ■ AUGUST 1, 2012 Charity Horse Show expected to attract 500 equestrians In this Olympic year, people don’t have to travel to London to watch international caliber equestrian events, says Menlo Charity Horse Show founder and co-chair Betsy Glikbarg of Atherton. “We have it all, including several former as well as hopeful future Olympic riders right here for them in their back yard,” says Ms. Glikbarg. Only two days after entry blanks for the horse show were posted, more than 500 of the West Coasts top equestrians responded, she says. “We made over $100,000 in necessary improvements this year, including putting down new footing in the jumping arena and purchasing brand new jumps for the hunter ring. The word got out and once again, despite to economy, competitors are scrambling for the chance to participate.” The six-day show, from Aug. 7 through 12, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, will feature non-stop jumping competition in three arenas from sunrise to sunset daily. This year the show is the first in Northern California authorized by the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association to present a $10,000 purse to the winning rider of the International Hunter Derby Competition. Dr. Daryl Hoffman of Atherton has donated the stake for this proving ground for both horses and riders. Other highlights of the show are Friday evening’s $10,000 Kew Farm Ryman memorial speed jumping class at 6 p.m., Saturday evening’s $40,000 Grand Prix, and Saturday afternoon’s lead-ine class, where children (under 6), mounted on horses, are led into the arena by an adult. Each child takes home a blue ribbon in this perennial crowd-pleaser. Human right advocate David Hettig dies at 70 By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer L ong-time human rights advocate and Menlo Park attorney David William Hettig, 70, died on June 29. Born in Utah, Mr. Hettig went on to graduate from Stanford University in 1965, then earned a master’s degree in history at UCLA and pursued a doctorate in that field before going to law school at the University of San Francisco. He volunteered with local YMCAs, receiving the Distinguished Service Award in 1998. He also co-founded the Aurora Foundation for human rights with Ginetta Sagan, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996 at the White House as Mr. Hettig watched. According to friends, his human rights work included international missions to covertly move JumpShot Photography Former Olympic equestrian Peter Breakwell of Menlo Park competing in the 2011 Menlo Charity Horse Show in Atherton. He’ll be competing this year, too. Judy Levin and Michelle Mosman are co-chairs of the Friday night dinner dance, sponsored by Steven Silver Fine Jewelry. The live auction will feature a five-day stay at a lodge in South Africa, a kids birthday party at the Woodside fire house, a Giants luxury box package, and other goodies. Dinner-dance tickets are $225 per person. The Circus Club dining room and coffee shop will be open to the public during the horse show. More than 40 vendors will be offering food and drink, clothing, jewelry,and house-and stablerelated items. The horse show benefits the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Tickets for the show are $10 per day, available at the gate. There is street parking, with free shuttle service to the show grounds. Visit or call 701-0543 for more information. Former Ladera principal dies at 84 funds into Poland to support the families of political prisoners. Mr. Hettig was, according to friends, an adventurous man who trekked through Nepal, rafted down white-water rivers, and explored the upper reaches of the Mekong and Salween rivers in China and Tibet. Earthbound pursuits made room for airborne travels when Mr. Hettig earned a pilot’s license. He is survived by his wife Nan, of Menlo Park; his brother Richard of Melbourne, Australia, and an extended family. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (505 E. Charleston Road in Palo Alto). Visit to share memories. Visit to make a donation in his name to the YMCA of East Palo Alto. A John Vincent, who served as principal of Ladera School from 1968 to 1978 and vice principal of La Entrada School for many years, died July 18. He was 84. Mr. Vincent, who spent much of his career in the Las Lomitas School District, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He graduated from the United College in Winnipeg in 1950 with a degree in psychology/ sociology. Shortly after graduating, he moved to California, worked on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and then was drafted into the U.S. Army at the beginning of the Korean War. After basic training, he was sent to Germany as a psychiatric/social worker. Upon discharge in 1953, he became an elementary school teacher. Along with his roles as a principal and vice principal in the Las Lomitas School District, he taught at many grade levels. Early in his career, he left the district and spent a year teaching in a native school in Cordova, Alaska. Academically, he received a John Vincent master’s degree in educational administration at San Jose State University and a second master’s in family counseling from Santa Clara University. After retiring from the Las Lomitas School District in 1988, he became a juvenile probation officer for San Mateo County. He worked in East Palo Alto until 2002, when he and his wife moved from San Jose to Pleasanton. Mr. Vincent was a master wood carver and member of the Tri-Valley Carvers. He was involved in the Wounded WarObituaries are based on information provided by families and mortuaries. rior Eagle Head Project, which makes elaborate carved canes for wounded veterans in local hospitals. He was an accomplished pipe organist, having studied under Herbert Sadlow of London, say family members. Mr. Vincent was a member of Centerpointe Church at 3410 Cornerstone Court in Pleasanton, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 25. During his lifetime, he sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, served as an elder and deacon, and led many mission trips to Guatemala and Alaska. Mr. Vincent is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elaine; children Dan of Folsom, Mark of San Jose, and Cary of Pleasanton; sister Joan of Hemet; and two grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alaska Bible College Scholarship Fund, P/O. Box 289, Glenallen, Alaska 99588 or a charity of choice. August 1, 2012NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN13

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