Sun Circuit - An Equine Extravaganza At WestWorld
This March, WestWorld Equestrian Center will host two world-class events that feature a full range of equestrian sports. The 44th Annual Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show will run from March 4-12, showcasing the talents and versatility of Quarter Horses in an array of events. Classes run the gamut from polished perfection to down and dirty athleticism. With as many as 8 arenas running simultaneously, there is a lot to take in every day. If that wasn’t enough equine excitement, the 64th Annual Parade del Sol Pro Rodeo will be held March 9-12, with 3 rodeo performances and a night of Bull Riding. This is the first time these two well known organizations will hold their events at the same time, and it certainly gives Arizona residents and visitors a tremendous selection of activities and entertainment to choose from.
While both events bring competitors from around the country to Scottsdale, local horse enthusiasts can reap the benefits as well. Admission and parking are free for all days and events of Sun Circuit. Spectators can enjoy popular and exciting showdowns in reining, roping, cow horse and Cowboy Mounted Shooting. Arizona is a hotbed for great roping competition, and the DT Performance Horses Roping Futurity will certainly attract the top of the game with big money added. The Smart Boons Fence Work Challenge showcases spectacular cow horses competing for over $20,000 in prize money. This is a fast paced event, Friday March 10, just prior to the Rodeo. Horse and rider demonstrate their skill at “boxing” a cow in at one end of the arena, then running it along the fence to heart thumping stops and turns. For more wild action, Cowboy Mounted Shooting will blast into the North Hall on Sunday the 12th prior to Sunday’s Rodeo performance with the finals being run as prelude to the Rodeo.
Besides seeing the best horses and riders in the rings, spectators can shop in the extensive vendor hall. All manner of horse gear, horse trailers, clothing, jewelry, boots, hats, home furnishings and western lifestyle items will be on display. During the rodeo, even more vendors open up their booths. Sun Circuit will also have free entertainment with Chris Manning Country playing at various times throughout the show. There is even opportunities to learn something new. On March 3rd and 4th, there are a number of free horse clinics and demonstrations that are open to everyone. This year's topics include overall horsemanship pointers, training tips, and secrets from the top pros. Have a horse crazy kid in the house? Sun Circuit is also fantastic family event. Its a great way to learn more about horses, and all the activities you can do with them.
Parada Del Sol’s schedule brings Bull Riding to the Equidome on Thursday at 7:00pm, and Rodeo performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00. The Rodeo starts at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Folks planning to attend the rodeo are encouraged to come early and enjoy all that the horse show has to offer. On the flip side, many of Sun Circuit’s exhibitors are planning on attending the Rodeo. To make it even easier to combine the two events, rodeo tickets are available for sale on the SunCircuit.com home page. Be sure to use the Promo Code shown there when checking out.
Some of the best and most diverse horse action in the country will be in your back yard. Plan on joining the fun March 4th thru the 12th at West World. The complete schedule of classes and events can be found at SunCircuit.com.
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