A specially designed equestrian themed Aston Martin car is to be sold to benefit California’s Menlo Charity Horse Show, which takes place next week.
The customised DB9 Volante from Los Gatos Luxury Cars is the latest project from Q by Aston Martin, the company’s personalisation arm. Its interior features Saddle Tan Luxmill leather and diamond quilted Ivory Alcantara on the seat inner. The car also has other equine touches, including saddle leather rear storage, and an embroidered horse logo on the front headrests and rear console.
The Menlo Charity Horse Show, in Atherton between August 5 and 10, is renowned for its legacy of philanthropy.
When the car sells, Los Gatos Luxury Cars will donate $10,000 to the Menlo Charity Horse Show, benefiting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Menlo Charity Horse Show founder and co-chair Betsy Glikbarg said: “Menlo is proud to partner with such an exclusive luxury brand.”
Another sponsor of the show is Ralph Lauren, which has donated a $2500 “Ricky” bag for a silent auction, and the official artist is Peter Samuels.
Founded in 1970 as a one-day show, Menlo Charity Horse Show has expanded into a six-day event, attracting many of the most competitive hunter/jumper horses and riders in the US and beyond. In 2013, the show raised $400,000 for the Vista Center. The six-day event features non-stop Hunter and Jumper competitions from sunrise to sunset in three arenas.