Exhibitors hit the jackpot at the 2020 Silver Dollar Circuit in Las Vegas! With six full days of competition and camaraderie, the Silver Dollar Circuit once again reminded trainers and exhibitors why it is one of their favorite circuits of the year.
This year, the Top 10 AQHA show was under new show management which implemented flat-fees and eliminated pre-entries. The popularity of the show was clearly evidenced by the large entry numbers which totaled over 6,800!!
The show brought people from all over the country to enjoy the great weather, great facility, and great show. Competitive classes with six AQHA judges and four NSBA judges created the perfect opportunity to earn qualifying points toward the AQHA and NSBA World shows for many open, amateur, and youth riders. In addition to a regular slate of AQHA approved classes, the 2020 Silver Dollar Circuit schedule contained the NSBA Senior Trail Horse Trail Stakes class, 4-5 Year Old Trail Sakes class, Open and Non-pro Pleasure maturities and futurities, Open and Non-pro HUS maturities and futurities. Additionally, several jackpot classes which paid out $25,000 were offered in scored Level 1 Open classes and scored Level 2 Amateur classes. Youth and amateur riders competed at the beginning of the show while open riders competed over the last few days. This format allowed trainers to better assist their clients while they were showing and required non-pro exhibitors to miss fewer days of work and school.
In addition to the competition, the Silver Dollar Circuit also had many things for exhibitors to do outside of the show pen. During the Senior Trail stakes, the show served street tacos on the mezzanine so competitors could enjoy spending time with friends while watching the trail stakes. On Monday night, Kent Ray Taylor sponsored an exhibitor party with food, drinks, and Karaoke during the 4-5 Year Old Trail Stakes class. As always, the party did not disappoint and brought people together to have fun and watch the talented trail horses battle for the top spot in the stakes class. The crowd cheered as Ashley Dunbar-Clock and Dew Not Touch finished in the champion position for owner Marjolyn Spaans-Gray, earning $1,058.40. Whata Moonlite Ride and Jason Gilliam finished two points lower earning the reserve championship and $831.60 for Brooke Granzaw. Completing the top five were Legacy Made and Jim Searles for Susan Johns, VS Im Urs N Ur Mine and Jason Gilliam for Kaleena Weakly, and Best Az Yet with Kellie Hinely for Yvonne Robeson.
At the end of the show, high point awards were given for every division. Amateur Walk/Trot high point was Busted For LopenLazy and Nicole Williams, Reserve champion was Zippos Tabitha and Julie Plemmons. The Level 1 Amateur/Select Trail Saddle Challenge sponsored by Blue Ribbon was earned by Madison Nirenstein and No Doubt Im Trouble. Level 1 Amateur High Point Champion was Only Time and Money ridden by Zoey Silver, reserve was DW Krymsun Advantage ridden by Megan Neugebauer. Party Favours and Karen Sisco won Amateur Level 2 High Point while I look Extremely Hot and Taylor Brown were reserve. Rounding out the Amateur division awards in the Level 3 Amateur, Lethals Hot Weapon and Carey Nowacek earned the High Point title and Hotroddin Ona Harley ridden by Meaghan DePalma were reserve.
In the Select division, high point awards were also given for Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. The Level 1 high point was Creepin In My Sleep and Caroline Campbell, reserve was Gotta Knapp For That ridden by Catherine Finger. Champion in the Level 2 was QuitABitLazy and Deborah Shatley and Reserve Champion was Absolute Best Asset and Elizabeth Brown. Finally, the Level 3 Select Champion was Rockstar N The House with Linda Coakly and reserve champion was Investin A Goodbar and Scott Reinartz.
Youth division competitors competed for Walk/Trot, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and 13&U High Point Champion awards. In Youth Walk/Trot, high point champion was Hourgirl Sleeps and Sophia Mekeel and reserve was Lucky Detail and Dakota Monea. Level 1 High Point Champion went to Madalynn Redline and Huntin Machine and reserve was earned by India Richardson and ShezReallyBuckinHot. Combined Level 2 and Level 3 High point went to Kendalyn Herlocker and Memphis Bound and reserve went to Natasha Replogle and Cash Included. Earning the 13&Under highpoint was Madalynn Redline and Huntin Machine while Isabella Buckley and Roses Only earned the Reserve. The highpoint L1/Youth Trail Champion was Brooke Garcia and The Publication.
Last but not least, Open divisions competed for high points in L1 Junior, L1 Senior, Level 2 Junior, Level 3 Junior, Level 2 Senior, and Level 3 Senior. Winning the L1 Junior High Point was Dew Not Touch owned by Marjolyn Spaans-Gray. Reserve was Snapchat Diva owned by Roxanne Doogan. In the L1 Senior, the High Point champions was Immortalized owned by Kara Fletje and Reserve was awarded to Always Seymour owned by Kathleen Dolen. The Level 2 Junior champion was also Dew Not Touch owned by Marjolyn Spaans-Gray. Reserve Champion in the Level 2 Junior was KM Flat Out The Best for Susan Johns. Snap It Send It owned by Kent Ray Taylor earned the Level 3 Junior high point champion. Once again, KM Flat Out The Best won the Reserve High Point Champion title, this time in the Level 3 Junior. The Level 2 Senior high point was Always Seymour owned by Kathleen Dolen and the reserve was Party Favours for Karen Sisco. Finally, the Level 3 Senior champion was KM Best One Invited owned by Heidi Rasor and the reserve was earned by Kisses To Crowd owned by Leslie Woolley.
Ultimately, the atmosphere was full of fun as competitors enjoyed their time with new friends, old friends, barn mates, and their equine partners! The new show staff did an excellent job of creating a positive environment and keeping the show running on track! Many people commented on the easy entry process and helpful show staff. In fact, several people commented that the 2020 Silver Dollar Circuit was the best year yet!!! Either way, thank you to everyone who made this year’s show a success!
The show announced a scheduling change for the 2021 show. Next year, the show will be held January 15-20, 2021. With a climate controlled facility, South Point is the ideal location for a large show to be held at the beginning of the year. The show management believes that the new dates will provide a great new option for exhibitors to start the show season and create a break before heading on to Sun Circuit. The show promises to continue its long history of a competitive yet enjoyable environment! Come join the fun and be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s Silver Dollar Circuit January 15-20, 2021!!!!!
Congratulations to everyone for their success at the 2020 Silver Dollar Circuit!