Freak snow storms, tight turn arounds, cancelled flights and closed roads didn’t keep the Las Vegas Silver Dollar Circuit from another great year.
Crazy weather across the continent did delay, strand, divert and eventually force some people to cancel their plans to come to the Silver Dollar Circuit this year. Unfortunately who could have predicted that Scottsdale, Arizona would get 12 inches of snow the day before the show, something that has not been seen in 40 years. Ice storms and bad weather affected people all over the continent, delaying and cancelling flights, making travel almost impossible in the days leading up to the show. However, for those already early to the South Point Equestrian Center, the snow falling on the ground merely meant fewer lunging spots and no riding outside in the sun. Having the facility entirely under one roof provides the security that “the show will (always) go on!” Riders and their horses stayed tucked inside while the cold passed and the show moved forward without a seconds delay. To say that people were unaffected would be too bold, but to say that this was the best possible facility to have a horse show at during a storm would not be too bold at all.
Las Vegas may not know how to handle snow, as its airport ran out of de-icing fluid, cancelling all flights out of the airport for an entire day. But if you were to be stuck anywhere during a snow storm would you not want it to be at the South Point Hotel and Casino? The convenience of having the horse show, your hotel, bowling alley, casino, multiple restaurants, a movie theater, spa and more under one roof is unmatched when inclement weather occurs. This facility provides everything you could possibly need without having to walk outside. Brad Jewett of Jewett Performance Horses agrees with that statement touting, “Convenience! More than anything this show is so accessible.”
Kelly Hinely of Trendsetter Performance Horses mirrors this sentiment, “Everything is so close, and my customers love it because their husbands get to come and play while they are showing.”
An added benefit of the convenience of the show is this also includes entertainment for the entire family. For the trainers and exhibitors alike, the ability to show at such a large show, in a great facility, while having the time to fit in some fun, seems to be the best part about Silver Dollar Circuit.
We all have our reasons for returning year after year but one thing is for certain, Silver Dollar has some very loyal exhibitors. Jan Bruner has been running this show for 20 years and cannot remember a year when Leslie Lange has not been in attendance. Leslie Lange of Leslie Lange Performance Horses comments, “I think its two-fold, I think the horse show is a great show; it’s well run and the classes are big and the second thing is, it’s a heck of a great facility.”
Jim Searles of Circle S agreed with Lange that the Silver Dollar has a friendly and exhibitor oriented staff adding some of his main reasons for loving the show. “First of all, it’s a fun show. It’s so well run, and we come here for the classes too-the sizes and the quality. Not only is it good points, but it’s quality too!”
Although entries were slightly down because of the storm, Silver Dollar still knocked out 9 point classes in the senior Trail and the Amateur and Select Amateur classes enjoyed an all-time high with nine point in Trail and five point classes in Showmanship and Horsemanship. Not to be left out, the open classes did well too. Senior Wester Riding showed competitive nine point classes, and a number of other open classes exceeded four and five points. Silver Dollar also upped their exhibitor engagement with some fun new events. The first ever “Hatty Hour” was put on by Kimes Ranch and exhibitors were able to customize their own free cap. “We gave away almost 200 customized caps to exhibitors. It was a unique opportunity for customers to have something from us that was completely their own. No one else will ever have a Kimes Ranch cap like the ones they were able to design,” commented the Kimes Ranch team. Other events included additional wine tastings, a scavenger hunt, a race to see who could pull on their pants the fastest, and a top notch exhibitor party with Karaoke and pony races that will not quickly be forgotten.
Another large addition to the show was the Premier Quarter Sires Series. Checks were paid out totalling over $25,000 to offspring of their 50 participating AQHA stallions. Silver Dollar was the first stop for the series in 2019 which will move on to Nebraska (Cornhusker) and then Tennessee (March To The Arch).
All in all it looks like exhibitors couldn’t have picked a better place to have a “snow day” Silver Dollar locked in over 10,000 entries over the span of seven days and no one had to pull on their winter boots to do it. For all the challenges, the Silver Dollar replaced the moniker “the show must go on” with our new motto “The Show Will Go On!”.