Sun and Surf Circuit Results and Candids

See who earned futurity and all-around championships May 14-17 in gorgeous Del Mar, California.

Special to The American Quarter Horse Journal

Scroll down to view more photos from the 2015 Sun and Surf Circuit in Del Mar, California. (Credit: TEEM)

People from all over the world want to experience Del Mar, California, on vacation, so why wouldn’t you pack your horse, too? Should your horse catch wind of the niceties of Del Mar Horse Park, he’ll surely be heard nickering, “I just want to feel the sand in my hooves and the ocean breeze in my mane.” Could you blame him?

Clay and Elizabeth MacLeod once again rolled out the red carpet May 14-17 for exhibitors and produced a show that continues to impress competitors and judges alike year after year. The MacLeods contract with TEEM (Total Equine Event Management), who provide the high level of customer service, technological efficiency and friendliness in managing the circuit to the high standard Clay and Liz desire.

The hospitality and thoughtfulness the MacLeods provide to everyone each year is impressive and certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. And the long list of sponsors not only generously support the circuit year after year, but most of them show, as well.

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Variety Is the Spice of Life … and Horse Shows

The Sun and Surf Circuit always offers a long list of class options for exhibitors at every level to show their horse. Whether you’re a beginner or world champion, young or old, on a limited budget or have some to spare … this show, like most AQHA horse shows, has something for everyone.

Friday morning there was some much-needed rain for California, and while rain usually dampens the spirits of exhibitors, because the region was so thirsty for it, the wet morning was actually a jubilant one at Del Mar Horse Park. Most exhibitors weren’t concerned and the sun came out after lunch.

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NSBA Futurities

The show also offers National Snaffle Bit Association futurities and some of the most talented hunter under saddle and western pleasure horses come from all over the country to compete for money, Silverado silver buckles and $250 gift certificates from Woods Western.

Champion: Blameitonthe Alcohol, a 2011 bay gelding (Allocate Your Assets-Jazzy Details by last Detail), shown by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Deanna Searles for Katherine Tobin of Scottsdale, Arizona
Reserve: Embrace The Dream, a 2011 bay gelding (Invitation Only-Dreamin On Impulse by Hot Impulse), shown by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Nancy Alto-Renfro for Shannon Brown-Korkowski of Cameron Park, California

Champion: Yeah I Will, a 2012 bay gelding (Good I Will Be-I Found A Penny by Artful Move), shown by Nancy Keegan of Los Angeles
Reserve: Blameitonthe Alcohol, shown by Katherine Tobin

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Champion: VS Costar, a 2012 red roan gelding (Blazing Hot-Vital Signs Are Good by Zippos Mr Good Bar), shown by AQHA Professional Horseman Bradley Ost for Joe and Karen Moran of Laguna Hills, California
Reserve: Moonin The Girls, shown by Tonya Brown for John Ackert

Champion: Hez Lopin Lazy, a 2012 bay gelding (Lazy Loper-Hot Impulse For Gold by Blazing Hot), shown by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Melissa Zanetti for Hilarey Bhatt of Mill Valley, California
Reserve: Moonin The Girls, a 2012 sorrel gelding (Only In The Moonlite-For A Good Time by Zippos Mr Good Bar), shown by Tonya Brown for John Ackert of San Diego

Champion: Moonin The Girls, shown by John Ackert
Reserve: Hez Lopin Lazy, shown by Hilary Bhatt 

Palm Trees and Parties

Always the consummate hosts, Clay and Elizabeth MacLeod organized not one, but two big parties during the circuit.

On Wednesday evening, the food and wine was flowing, compliments of the Equine Chronicle for the Sun and Surf  exhibitors welcome party.

On Saturday evening, the MacLeods brought music, food, drinks and fun to the show with the ultimate “Sponsors Party.” When you have such supportive and generous sponsors, how can you not try and find a fun way to thank them?

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Open Trail Futurity and Non-Pro Trail Classic

If you want to see some of the best trail horses in the world, the Sun and Surf Circuit offers spectators that very opportunity. In addition to the AQHA trail classes, the show also offers both an open trail futurity and non-pro trail classic.

Champions in these events took home Silverado silver buckles and 100X hats from Shortys; reserve champions also were awarded with Silverado silver buckles. Total Equine Event Management reported this years champions to be:


Champion: A Chrome Cookie, a 2011 sorrel gelding (RL Best Of Sudden-A Good Cookie by Zippos Mr Good Bar), shown by Troy Lehn for Alexandra Chavez of Paradise Valley, Arizona

Reserve: Eye L Be Certain, a 2012 bay roan gelding (Certain Potential-Eye L Be Good by Zippos Mr Good Bar), shown by AQHA Professional Horseman Gary Roberts for Kellie Dunn of Carlsbad, California


Champion: Traveling Abroad, a 2004 bay gelding (Barpassers Image-Prettiest Jet Yet by Hotrodders Jet Set), shown by Stephanie Kofu of San Jose, California

Reserve: Huntin For Fun, a 2003 chestnut gelding (Huntin For Chooclate-Pass The Tee by Barpasser), shown by Brittany Lofton-Morgan of Westmorland, California

Creating Special Memories

The Sun and Surf Circuit also presents two very special perpetual trophies in honor of two individuals still greatly missed by the horse-show industry.

The Barry Pashby Memorial Perpetual Trophy is awarded to the champion in the 3-year-old open western pleasure futurity. Taking home that trophy this year were Joe and Karen Moran, owners of VS Costar, shown by AQHA Professional Horseman Bradley Ost. 

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Sun, Sand and SILVER!

Thanks to the generous sponsors that support the Sun and Surf Circuit each year, all-around exhibitors competed for custom Silverado silver buckles and $100 Blue Ribbon Tack gift certificates for champions; reserve champions took home gift certificates from Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.

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Line Us Up, a 1998 black gelding (GO Mitos Creek-Decka Reynolds by Deck Of Stars), shown by Sabrina Maas 

Dreamin N Blue Jeans, a 2006 brown mare (Private Dreamer-Shez Hot No Pretense by Tee Jays Bluechip), shown by Kaylie Banks of Coos Bay, Oregon

Hotroddin Ona Harley, a 2006 brown gelding (Radical Rodder-Diamonds And Denim by Zips Chocolate Chip), shown by Hannah Forbes of Brier, Washington

BMQ Decked In Chrome, a 2002 sorrel gelding (The Epitome-BMQ Frost My Stars by The Epitome), shown by Jaclyn Landers of Prescott, Arizona

Huntin My Zipper, a 2010 chestnut gelding (Hubba Hubba Huntin-Ima Zipper Snipper by Mr Rusty Zipper), shown by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Nancy Alto-Renfro for Larisa Affeldt of Spokane, Washington

Shameless Invitation, a 2010 brown mare (Invitation Only-Beccatha by Digging For Gold), shown by Ryan Kail for Libby Williams Haydon of Phoenix

Huntin For Fun, shown by by Brittany Morgan 

Radical Moon, a 2010 sorrel gelding (Only In The Moonlite-Radical Zippette by Radical Rodder), shown by Stephanie Peck of Bainbridge Island, Washington

Patsys Royal Secret, a 2000 brown gelding (Make My Grey-Patsys Chic by Primero El Randado), shown by Linda Coakley of Clearlake, Washington

RA Undisputed, a 2006 sorrel gelding (Chips Hot Chocolate-Are You Zipped by Zippo Pine Bar), shown by Katherine Tobin of Scottsdale, Arizona

What Sets Sun and Surf Apart

As if all of that wasn’t enough, Harris Leather and Silverworks provided some very nice lucky exhibitor awards.

So, if you’ve never made the trip to Del Mar, California, mark your calendar for May 2016. With a horse show facility that is steps from the ocean, and just a short drive takes you to Sea World, the San Diego Zoo or the Wild Animal Park … your family and your horse(s) will thank you!

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