The 2019 Del Mar Sun and Surf Circuit showed another year of great success! As a favorite show for many trainers, the Sun and Surf Circuit brought large numbers and competitors from across the nation to show near the beautiful Del Mar beaches. Although the week brought scattered rain showers, the show still proved to have a fun atmosphere, large classes, and great competition. Special Perpetual Awards were given in several classes including the Barry Pashby Memorial Trophy in 3 Year Old Open Western Pleasure Futurity, the Kathy Hunt Memorial Trophy in Amateur Pleasure Driving, and the Harriet Yakatan Memorial Trophy in Select Western Pleasure. Included in the schedule was the continuation of the popular NSBA Futurities in Trail, Pleasure, and Hunter Under Saddle.
Winning the $1500 All Age Non Pro Trail was Eric Mendrysa and Won Vital Code RV. Taking home the champion placing in the 3 Year Old Limited Open Western Pleasure and High Scoring 3 Year Old in the 3&4 Year Old Trail Futurity was Melissa Zanetti and Suddenly Acquited owned by Emily Hudson. Lauren Stanley had great success in the and the 3 & 4 Year Old Non Pro Trail Futurity winning it on Blessedwiththebest, earning the bronze place finish on Extremely Good Stuff and placing fourth on Floating On A Star. SST Lollipop won the 3 Year Old Open Western Pleasure Futurity with David Archer before winning the 3 Year Old Non Pro Western Pleasure Futurity with Abby Bruno. Among the Circuit Champions at the 2019 Sun and Surf Circuit were Natalia DeVencenty and Moonlite Madnez in Amateur western riding; Isabel Schween & The Bourne Legacy in the Youth Horsemanship and Youth Western Riding; Mylie Parker and RL A Chip Affair in 11& Under Showmanship and Trail and Reserve Champion 11& Under Hunter Under Saddle; Cassandre Ehrle and Daizy Duke in Youth Performance Halter Mares and Reserve Champion Youth L1 Trail; Kellie Hinely and Daizy Duke Reserve Champion in L1 Open Trail.
At the Sun and Surf Circuit, the PCQHYA Youth Board Members concluded a lottery raffle which paid out $4000 and supported the Youth Scholarship Fund, the Youth World Team, and youth team building events. Many raffle participants anxiously gathered around the arena during the drawing on Sunday afternoon hoping that their name would be drawn for the large raffle winnings. Receiving the $2000 first place drawing was Olivia Huls and each receiving $500 for second through fifth place drawings were Kellie Hinely, Jason Martin, Sharon Conway, and John Newcomb. In support of the California Youth, Kellie Hinely and Jason Martin generously donated their winnings back to the youth fund.
Over the course of the week, the Sun and Surf Circuit hosted two fun exhibitor parties. The first party, sponsored by The Equine Chronicle, created a laidback atmosphere where exhibitors could talk with their horse show friends and have a great evening in beautiful Del Mar. On Friday night, the Sun and Surf Luau Party put the ‘surf’ in ‘Sun and Surf’ with a fun beach theme event that brought people together again. During both exhibitor parties, many show competitors and their families enjoyed the good food, great company, and beautiful afternoons overlooking the show arenas.
As the show wrapped up on Sunday afternoon, the high point winners for each division were announced. Lauren Blumer and Lazy Lopin Ranger won the L1 Youth All Around while Sydney Sisil and Radical N Style was awarded the Reserve L1 Youth All around. Winning the 11&Under All Around was Mylie Parker and RL A Chip Affair. Good Vibez owed by Marjorie Parks earned the L1 Open Highpoint. Many other High Point Winners were awarded amazing prizes including belt buckles and gift certificates in all of the show divisions. In addition to the regular division High Points, the 2019 Sun and Surf Circuit featured a Super Select Division High Point. At this year’s Sun and Surf Circuit, everyone left with a positive experience and numerous exhibitors received great awards. Many trainers and competitors who come to the show every year were reminded of the many reasons Sun and Surf Circuit has become their favorite show while new attendees made their own memories and experience all of the great things that the show has to offer!
Throughout the week, the amazing show staff headed by Clay McLeod did a wonderful job of creating a positive atmosphere, organized schedule, and efficient show management. Although the rain caused small changes in the schedule, the show staff kept the show on track and made the necessary accommodations. Many of the show days ended early and the staff’s clear communication with the competitors kept the show running on time despite the rain delays. Thank you to Clay and Elizabeth McLeod and the whole Sun and Surf show staff for another amazing show. Thank you also to everyone who participated in making this show a success including Trout Photography and Don Lehman!