Sun Circuit Unveils Tournament Awards

Arizona Quarter Horse Association's inaugural championship tournament is set for March 2-10 in Scottsdale.

From the Arizona Quarter Horse Association

The Champions in Youth, Amateur and Select divisions will be awarded a trophy buckle.

You can be certain that when Sun Circuit rolls out a new high-profile event, there will be awesome awards to go along with it. The National Championship rankings list and the tournament style competition for Equitation, Horsemanship and Showmanship have created a great deal of buzz.  Chatter around the show world naturally turned to wondering what the prizes were going to be. That wonder is now over. Sun Circuit Director Doug Huls shared a first look at the cool prizes that await exhibitors this March in Scottsdale, AZ. The Champions in Youth, Amateur and Select divisions will be awarded a spectacular trophy buckle. Additionally, The Four exhibitors who make it to the Finals round in each class and division will receive black leather bomber jackets embroidered with the National Championship logo.

The tournament style competition of the National Championship builds excitement throughout the week as the high scoring Sensational Sixteen, Exceptional Eight and The Four are recognized center arena at the conclusion of each round. Jacket award presentations will take place following round three with photo ops and media coverage.

All eyes will be on the National Championship Finals where The Four in each class and division will compete in a head to head format with the highest ranked remaining exhibitor competing against the lowest ranked remaining exhibitor and the second highest ranked remaining exhibitor against the third highest ranked remaining exhibitor. Then the winner of those two battles will come back to compete against each other to be named National Champion and awarded the coveted buckle with great fanfare. With its multiple layers, great prizes and hyped presentations, the Tournament will undoubtedly inject a good deal of fun and fame to the horse show experience.

The December Final Ranking List names the 64 individuals in each division and class who are eligible to compete in that class/division of the Tournament at Sun Circuit. Exhibitors who aged out of a division are automatically eligible for their new division: Youth qualifiers may enter as Amateurs, and Amateurs can show in the Select division. Exhibitors will show concurrently with the corresponding regularly scheduled Sun Circuit classes. Eligible Paints and colored horses will run in a separate draw immediately following the AQHA class. Youth show only twice to 4 judges in the classes at Sun Circuit The first time they show, the Sensational 16 will be named. The second time they show, the Exceptional 8 will be recognized. Immediately following that presentation, The Four Youth in each class will be announced. 

The Final Rankings List, along with complete rules and class schedules can be found at suncircuit.com.

Do you have news to share from your AQHA affiliate? Send it to Tara Matsler at tmatsler@aqha.org.

Front view of the award jackets

Back view of the award jackets