By Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse JournalJanuary 29, 2013
Art Xzibit and Toni Miller wait for their trail at the 2013 AZQHA Sun Country Circuit in Scottsdale. (Journal photo)
The sunshine has returned to the 2013 Arizona Quarter Horse Association Sun Country Circuit! After a rainy start, the show has blue skies today.
Improvements to the WestWorld Equidome – including the new expanded and enclosed warm-up arena – allowed the show to continue despite the rainy weather the show’s first weekend. Several classes were rescheduled for the show’s mid-week break day, January 30.
Every year, free clinics with leading AQHA Professional Horsemen are some of the weekend highlights of the Sun Circuit’s weekend offerings. If you’re nearby, stop in for the free clinics February 4 and 5, held in the new enclosed vendor hall on the Equidome’s south side.
On January 27, AQHA Professional Horseman and judge Bob Kail of Scottsdale – with the help of his trainer son, Ryan – held a western pleasure clinic. They showed what Bob wouldn’t want to see in a western pleasure go, and also discussed what the AQHA judges seminar in December covered regarding western pleasure and lengthened strides.
AQHA Professional Horseman and multiple trail world champion Bruce Vickery went over spoke and straight-line lopeovers in his trail clinic, January 27. Bruce also offered trail advice and answered questions:
The Sun Circuit runs January 26 through February 5, and includes top AQHA competition in every discipline. Leveling is making a first appearance at the show this year, as is ranch pleasure. Go to www.suncircuit.com for information.
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