Sun Circuit Set to Amaze for 2015

Cutting, cow horse and reining events are added to the always impressive Arizona Sun Circuit, kicking off January 23 in Scottsdale.

Sun Circuit

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Arizona Quarter Horse Association's Sun Circuit 2015 announces exciting new changes to its lineup. The 2015 show will begin a day earlier with AQHA cutting running two times on Friday, January 23. This change should allow for much earlier completion times in the Markel Insurance arena through out the remainder of the show. 

All new for 2015 will be the Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch $2,500-added Junior Bridle Spectacular, Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch $2,500-added Senior Bridle Spectacular and the Farnam $2,000-added Amateur Bridle Spectacular for cow horse exhibitors who will compete in herd work, rein work and fence work. See details on the bridle spectacular classes online at

At 7 p.m. on January 23 in the Markel Insurance arena, AQHA Professional Horsemen Bob Avila and Al Dunning will host a free 90-minute clinic titled, “Position it’s Not the One Thing, It’s the Only Thing.” These great horsemen will give their combined insight attained through many years of working cattle. The Farnam free clinic series will also host free clinics scheduled during the show by prominent horsemen and -women Laurel Walker Denton for ranch horse pleasure; Robin and Jenny Frid, showmanship and horsemanship; Matt Mills, reining; Bruce Vickery, trail; Bruce Walquist, horsemanship; and Dr. Dave Frisbee. Check the schedule online at

The Johns, Tobin and Searles families will kick off the show January 24 with a free welcome dinner for all exhibitors to enjoy. While attending the party, you may get a chance to watch high school rodeo exhibitors in the first-ever Sun Circuit combined National High School Rodeo Association and AQHA youth cow horse class. The high school rodeo cow horse classes will run January 24-25.  Take a little extra time to shop the array of vendors in the climate-controlled Markel Insurance arena.

As in years past, Sun Circuit sponsors host thousands of dollars in random giveaways. 

  • Rod Patrick/Woods Western – Caiman boots
  • Showtime Show Clothes – five $500 gift certificates
  • Slavia Décor – wood-carved horse with a retail value of $4,000
  • Performance Halter exhibitors will have a chance to win boots sponsored by Blue Ribbon Custom Tack
  • Equine Oasis – saddle
  • Show Me Again Show Clothes – five $500 gift certificates
  • South Texas Tack – saddle
  • Santa Cruz Animal Health – product
  • Purina – five $500 gift certificates
  • Kim’s Show Apparel – five shirts
  • Origami Owl Custom Jewelry – gift certificate 
  • The Glassy Lady – buckle case

The National Reining Horse Association slate of classes will be Arizona Reining Horse Association-approved. Other special offerings at this year’s show include the Cinch-sponsored timed event roping with added money of $7,500 between the open and non-pro classes. Added money for the show includes:

  • Ranch horse pleasure: $250 added for each judge 
  • Bella Vista All-Around Cowboy Open and Amateur: $1,000 added 
  • Greenway Saddlery Hunter Derby: $500 added 
  • National Snaffle Bit Association 3-Year-Old Open Western Pleasure: $2,000 added 
  • NSBA 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure: $500 added 
  • NSBA 3-Year-Old Open Hunter Under Saddle: $1,000 added 
  • NSBA 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle: $250 added 
  • NSBA Green Junior Trail: $500 added each day 
  • NSBA Green Junior Western Riding: $500 added each day 

Mechanic, Sandra Morgan’s stallion, will be hosting a free lunch during the show. Smart Boons’ new owners, Eric and Wendy Dunn, will be hosting a free dinner party along with the $10,000-added Smart Boons Open Fence Challenge and $2,500-added Non-Pro Fence Challenge, all in the Markel arena Saturday, January 31.  

Wrapping up the show on Sunday will be National Collegiate Equestrian Association Sun Circuit Shoot Out Horsemanship Challenge with riders represented from the nations top schools. 

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