Sun Circuit Marches to Success

One word summarizes the March Arizona Sun Country Circuit: More.

IMG_6453The show had more entries than ever in its 44 year history with nearly 18,500 AQHA class entries and 21,479 over all entries. More classes, more horses, more sunshine, more arenas and more prizes resulted in more points, more smiles and more happy exhibitors. Once again, Arizona Quarter Horse Association has managed to take a wildly successful show and make it even better. The quality of the competition was outstanding, and the atmosphere exuded fun.

The show enjoyed the kind of March weather the City of Scottsdale brags about in glossy magazine ads with picture perfect blue skies, and technicolor sunsets.  The continued expansion of the outstanding West World Equestrian complex offered new venues for exhibitors. Sun Circuit used two brand new, climate controlled arenas in the North Hall of the Equidome. An adjacent warm up pen was very convenient and made the perfect staging area. Exhibitors, judges and staff alike loved the North Hall. AzQHA CEO Doug Huls was very excited about the additional facilities and was already looking toward the future commenting, “between the North Hall and the main Equidome, we will be able to offer most all of our classes indoors at the AZ Fall Championship this September.”



AzQHA Members Save at Sanderson Fordsanderson_ford-2

The Arizona Quarter Horse Association and Sanderson Ford are excited to announce that AzQHA members will now be receiving a $500 discount when purchasing a new Ford from Sanderson Ford. This discount is in addition to the Ford Motor Companies $500 discount for members of American Quarter Horse Association. Sanderson Ford is the official auto and truck dealer of AzQHA.

Sanderson has a fondness for the Equine and Agricultural industries. Recently Sanderson sponsored the Cave Creek Rodeo and now as a show of support for the Arizona Quarter Horse industry they have become a Silver Sponsor of the Arizona Sun Circuit. Sun Circuit is the American Quarter Horse Associations largest Quarter Horse Circuit. With great sponsors like Sanderson Sun Circuit’s future successes seem unlimited.


Watson’s Hat Shop

Watson’s Hat Shop is proud to be the official hat shop of AzQHA.  Get a 10% discount  on a hat purchase up to a maximum of a $250.00 discount to AzQHA members.




AzQHA  Awards

New ways to win year end awards- click on link below.  We also present awards to AzQHA Year End Champion  and Reserve Champion in each class. Buckles are awarded to No Bling show winners in each division.

17 year end awards new

South Point Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada | June 30 – July 9, 2017

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It’s a sure bet that savvy Quarter Horse exhibitors will head to Vegas June 30-July 9 for “The Celebration’ and EMO Western States Championship. “With two AQHA circuits (including a day off to explore Las Vegas), totaling 10 total judges, all AQHA/AzQHA/PCQHA approved and run in conjunction with the EMO Western States Championship, exhibitors hunting competition and points will head to the climate controlled state-of-the-art facilities at South Point Arena in Las Vegas over the 4th of July”, shared Doug Huls, show manager.

The second annual EMO Western States Championship will again offer open, amateur, select amateur and youth championship classes for exhibitors and horses which have qualified through their state affiliate or nationally. Gold, silver and bronze trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each championship class.

The qualifying period for the EMO Western States Championship classes ends on March 31. For a complete list of championship classes and qualifying rules, go to

The AQHA division of The Celebration offers a full slate of Western, English, and cattle classes. “There is no qualifying to show in the AQHA approved show circuits at The Celebration, so everyone is welcome to show”, says Doug Huls, “which makes this a show that all the top Quarter Horse barns will find enticing for all levels of riders”. This year Level 1 (novice) amateur and Level 1 (novice) youth classes have been added to the AQHA division of The Celebration.

If you have any questions about The Celebration, including the EMO Western States Championship or the Quarter Horse division, call Doug Huls at (408) 390-5857. The tentative schedule for the EMO Western States Championship classes and the AQHA division of The Celebration should be posted by mid-February at
QUARTER HORSE division: June 30-July 3 and July 5-9, 2017

AzQHA membership must be in good standing as of March 31, 2017 (qualifying period for 2017 show)

APPROVALS: THE CELEBRATION Quarter Horse division is AQHA/ PCQHA approved; All 10 Judges will count for AzQHA Year end points.
First 6 judges only are Nevada QHA approved

WHERE:  South Point Arena, Las Vegas, NV