Arizona Sun Circuit 2013
An outstanding turnout to the 40th Annual Sun Circuit has propelled the show to early success despite the wet start. Exhibitors have been very flexible with all of the weather forced changes in schedules and arenas. For the first time in recent history there wasn’t a day off, due to the need to make up postponed classes, but toward the end of the week the sun was shining and the arenas were in service. Sun Circuit has full use of the new South Hall and Equidome. The Markel Insurance arena and warm up paddock within the Equidome has been utilized to accommodate exhibitors during the rainy weather. On rainy days the exhibitors had a chance to stay dry while shopping at some of their favorite spots.
The Cinch Timed Event Challenge was a great success again this year with the prize money given out totaling $12,600. The music was loud and the action was fast. Brad Barkemeyer won the Open Heading for prize money of $1575, Jason Hershberger won the Open Heeling with a $1575 paycheck, Rod Patrick won $1100 in the Amateur Heading and Chad Turner $1140 in the Amateur Heeling.
The Red Berry Ranch 3YO Open NSBA class was won by Troy Compton on Red Solo Cup and Brett Clark was winner of the $500 high placing limited rider.
Turnout for the 2013 Sun Circuit was terrific. The stall count is up nearly 200 stalls from last year. The numbers in classes have remained steady or risen in almost every class.
An exciting aspect of the 2013 Sun Circuit has been the introduction of the AQHA Leveling Program for nearly every class. Tom Persechino, Patti Carter-Pratt, and Alex Ross have all been on hand to answer questions about the program. The program has been well received by exhibitors.
In the end, the show was able to utilize all arenas and got back on track to finish the week with sunny weather and its scheduled arena schedule.