2021 National Championships


Rankings Announced naming the 64 eligible Youth, Amateur and Select exhibitors in Showmanship, Equitation and  Horsemanship

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Scottsdale Arizona Sun Circuit will once again hold the wildly popular tournament style competitions in Horsemanship, Equitation and Showmanship. Exhibitors who make it to The Four in each class and division will receive an embroidered black leather bomber jacket. Champions will be presented a National Championship trophy buckle.

The Tournament is an event that no serious exhibitor will want to miss. With the building excitement of each round, the abundant recognition, and the ultimate goal of claiming the Championship, the Tournament injects a good deal of fun and fame to the horse show experience.

2021 Champions

Farnam National Championship Showmanship

Amateur Showmanship Champion Griffin Holiday showing Good N Plenty Gold

Final Match

Griffin Holiday showing Good N Plenty Gold

Lauren Stanley, Extremely Good Stuff

The Four Amateur Showmanship

Griffin Holiday, Good N Plenty Gold 

Lauren Stanley, Extremely Good Stuff

Vito Latini, Bettin Im Best

Anne Oldfather, One Exclusive Cookie

Select Showmanship Champion Jaqueline Marlow and Mug Shot

Final Match

Jaqueline Marlow, Mug Shot

Carla Townsley, UF Certainly A Priss

The Four Select Showmanship 

Jaqueline Marlow, Mug Shot

Carla Townsley, UF Certainly A Priss

Laina Banks, Strawberri Wine

Kim Gutowski, Toucht

Youth Showmanship Champion – Showin My Ace, Meagan Braun

Final Match

Showin My Ace, Meagan Braun

Ima Lazy Cowboy, Kaitlyn Bloom

The Four Youth Showmanship

Showin My Ace, Meagan Braun

Memphis Bound, Koliine Herlocker

Ima Lazy Cowboy, Kaitlyn Bloom

Equine Chronicle National Championship Equitation

Select Equitation Champion Karen Lee Tegner-Manseth  and Amarillo By Moonlight

The Four Select – only 2 qualified

Amarillo By Moonlight, Karen Lee Tegner-Manseth

Creepin In My Sleep, Caoline French-Campbell

Amateur Equitation Champion Extremely Good Stuff, Lauren Stanley

Final Match:

Extremely Good Stuff, Lauren Stanley

Shez Hot N Platinum, Christianna Schukman

The Four Amateur:

Maid Me Good, Maria Salazar

On The Roks, Johnna letchworth

Extremely Good Stuff, Lauren Stanley

Shez Hot N Platinum, Christianna Schukman

Youth Equitation Champion  Brooke Jolstad and Betta Believe It

Final matchup

Betta Believe It, Brooke Jolstad

Sweet Made, Piper Keller

The Four Equitation

Betta Believe It, Brooke Jolstad

Sweet Made, Piper Keller

Heza Smilin Tiger, Jaqueline Potwora

The Perfect Kryme, Camille Kennedy

Adequan National Championship Horsemanship

Select Horsemanship Champion Karen Zarda and Betcha Want This

Final Match up

RL Suddenly Lopin, Dan Yeager

Karen Zarda and Betcha Want This

The Four Select Horsemanship

Karen Zarda and Betcha Want This

Strawerri Wine, Laina Banks

RL Suddenly Lopin, Dan Yeager

BF Fun Size Marnie McDowall

Amateur Horsemanship Champion Its All Good Man, Nicole Barnes

Final Match Up

Imma American Made, Andrea Kengis Foss

Its All Good Man, Nicole Barnes

The Four Horsemanship

Made By Charlie, Daniel Carlson

Its All Good Man, Nicole Barnes

Imma American Made, Andrea Kengis Foss

Shez Hot N Platinum, Christiann Schuckman

Youth Horsemanship Champion Best Gift Yet, Emma Cress

Final Match up

Best Gift Yet, Emma Cress

Wearin Only Moonlite, Hanna Olaussen

The Four

Sudden Top Notch, Tierney Horton

Wearin Only Moonlite, Hanna Olaussen

Ill Take The Asset, Alyssa Jipping

Best Gift Yet, Emma Cress

Tournament Format

All qualified individuals who are on the Final 2020 Ranking List are eligible to compete in that class and division of the Tournament held at Sun Circuit. Exhibitors will show concurrently with the corresponding regularly scheduled Sun Circuit classes to the first set of judges and the high scoring 16 will be  recognized and promoted via media as having achieved the Sensational 16.

For the second round of the tournament, The Sensational 16 as well as all  other exhibitors will show to the second set of Judges as a part of the regular draw at Sun Circuit.  After the class, the high scoring Exceptional 8 will be specially recognized and receive National Championship hats.

Round three of the tournament welcomes The Exceptional 8 back to the arena along with all the regular class entries showing to the third set of Judges at Sun Circuit.


The conclusion of those classes will recognize the highest scoring exhibitors as The Four and they will be awarded embroidered bomber jackets at center arena and promoted through all of Sun Circuit’s media channels.

All eyes will be on the National Championship rounds where The Four in each class and division will compete in a head to head format with the highest ranked remaining exhibitor competing against the lowest ranked remaining exhibitor and the second highest ranked remaining exhibitor against the third highest ranked remaining exhibitor. Then the winner of those two battles will come back to compete against each other to be named National Champion and receive a trophy buckle.

Tie breakers. First Tie Breaker- Highest score dropping one judges score. The judges who’s score count should be announced prior to the start of the class.
Second Tie Breaker- Highest score dropping 2 judges scores.
Exhibitors who aged out of a division are automatically eligible for their new division.  
Youth
Youth show only twice to 4 judges in the classes at Sun Circuit. The first time they show we will name the Sensational 16. The Second time they show we will recognize the Exceptional 8. Immediately following that presentation, The Four Youth in each class will be announced.

How Does Ranking Work?

Exhibitors who placed in the top 5 circuit standings at  Top 20 AQHA participating shows, NSBA World Show, AQHA World Shows were listed for members of the Ranking Committee to rank.

The overall rankings were formulated by compiling individual rankings from each Committee Member. This anonymous group is comprised of judges and trainers who are actively involved in these industries throughout the United States. They were regionally selected to give fair and balanced coverage across the country to rank Youth, Amateur and Select exhibitors in each of  the three classes. Committee members could also choose to add any other exhibitor who they believed excelled in the event.

Good luck to all exhibitors.

View 2020 Year End Rankings