Adequan Free Clinic Series

Arizona Sun Circuit horse show’s free clinics, sponsored by Adequan, are popular with exhibitors as well as the general public. Presented by top pros who all have multiple World Champion titles under their belts, they offer specific, actionable information to help you improve your ride. They are also a great opportunity for riders to explore new disciplines and jumpstart the learning process.

Clinics are audit only,  free and open to the general public!

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Thursday February 29  – Trey and JD Yates Clinic

1:00PM Start in Equidome

Father and son roping duo J.D. and Trey Yates will present a Roping Clinic on Thursday, Feb. 29 at 1:00, just prior to the start of the Hershberger Sale preview in the Equidome. J.D. has always ranked horsemanship first on his priority list and will show you how good riding and getting in the right position are crucial to roping success.

Friday March 1 – Al Dunning Cutting Clinic

“How winners Cut!”

Start Time: 9 am – Arena 8

One of the most respected horsemen in the industry, Al Dunning will be sharing tips from his vast trove of Cutting knowledge on March 1. In this clinic, you will learn how winners earn those extra points, how to approach your run and how to show your horse to his fullest potential. Held in Cutting Arena 8, there will be plenty of demonstration and analysis of each move.

Friday March 1 – Deanna Searles Western Riding Clinic

Start Time: 1 pm – Ranch Fuel Arena (Arena 4)

Deanna Searles demonstrates the elegant refinement of Western Riding. This clinic will be held in outdoor Arena 4, aka the Ranch Fuel Arena at 1:00PM. Learn what judges are looking for in your horse’s ability to change leads and gaits precisely with fluidity. She will break down the pattern and help you set up your approach to each section.

Your 2024 Clinicians:

Al Dunning

How Winners Cut! – March 1

One of the most respected horsemen in the industry, Al has received multiple honors including American Quarter Horse Association’s Professional Horseman of the Year in 1996, NCHA Zane Schulte Trainer of the Year award in 2003, Monte Roberts Equestrian award in 2004, Western Horseman Magazine’s Western Horseman Award in 2017. Al is an Equi Stat Elite Million Dollar Winner and an NCHA Million Dollar Rider. He was inducted in to the Arizona Quarter Horse Association’s Hall of Fame in 2016. In addition, he trained and showed the great buckskin performance horse Expensive Hobby, who was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2007 and the AZQHA Hall of Fame in 2016. Al and his students have garnered 48 World and Reserve World titles in NCHA, AQHA, NRCHA, and NRHA. Al was recently named the 2021 Smith Sportsmanship recipient by the PCCHA for exhibiting high moral character, good sportsmanship, fairness and an exemplary contribution of time, effort and interest in working toward the short and long term goals of PCCHA.

From 1970 to 2022, Al Dunning owned and operated Almosta Ranch, a Quarter Horse training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. Born in Chicago in 1950, Al’s family moved to Arizona when he was 8 years old. He began riding horses with his sisters and went on to further his talents with mentors such as Jim Paul, John Hoyt and Don Dodge. Over the years, Al developed his multi-faceted business with a focus on the development of champion horses and riders.

JD Yates

Roping – Feb. 29

21  time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, JD Yates was the youngest cowboy to qualify for the NFR at the age of 15.

Rodeo runs deep through JD’s veins. 1984 was a memorable year when Dick, Kelly, and JD became the only father/daughter/son trio to compete at the NFR in the same year. This Colorado cowboy then clenched the average title in 2002 and is one of the few team ropers to qualify as both a header and heeler at the NFR.

In addition to his NFR accomplishments, JD has qualified 9 times for the National Finals Steer Roping as well as obtaining  the average title in the Steer Roping.

JD’s accomplishments aren’t limited to the rodeo arena. He is a recognized trainer in the performance horse industry and renowned American Quarter Horse Association competitor. He currently hold 48 World Championships and 5 Superhorse titles.

Trey Yates

3x National Finals Rodeo qualifier, Trey Yates, grew up in Pueblo Colorado with a passion rodeo. He shares his career path of rodeo and training horses similar to his dad and grandfather.

2018 was a milestone for Trey when he won the Championship Title at the College Finals Rodeo.  He then wrapped up the year by qualifying for his first National Finals Rodeo. That year he won the average championship title, heeling all 10 steers in Las Vegas.

Trey continues to carry on the family legacy  as a well accomplished competitor in the American Quarter Horse Association. In 2021, Trey won the coveted title of World Champion.

Trey continues to pursue his love for rodeo and roping through his accomplishments in the PRCA and AQHA world.

Deanna Searles

Western Riding Clinic – March 1

Deanna Searles resides at Circle S Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Deanna has been married to professional horseman, Jim Searles, for 33 years. Together they have 2 children, Taylor and Trent, both who have won multiple AQHA World Championships. 

Deanna and Jim specialize in all around events and have won multiple AQHA World Championships. Deanna, a member of the NSBA Quarter Million Dollar Club and an AQHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year winner, has multiple NSBA Championships, Congress Championships, AQHA World Championships, and the AQHA Super Horse. 

In 2016, Deanna won the SR Trail at the AQHA World show on Suddenly A Goodbar. A few years later, she accomplished a feat that many only dream of, winning a World and Reserve Championship in the same class. Deanna did that with Nothin But Nett and All Eyezs On Him in the JR Western Riding in 2022. At the past AQHA World Show, Deanna made it back to back with All Eyezs On Him claiming reserve again in the JR Western Riding. Finally to top off a great 2023 World Show, Deanna and KM Flat Out The Best broke the world record score to capture the coveted SR Western Riding World Championship. 

Their clients have had an equal amount of success, having won multiple AQHA World Championships, Congress Championships, NSBA Championships, All-Arounds at the World Show and the list goes on. 

Aside from the training business, Deanna and Jim stand some of the nations top stallions, Vs Code Blue and Nothin But Nett. This last December, they lost a member of their breeding family when 1.8 million dollar sire, Allocate Your Assets, passed away. 

Deanna grew up in the horse industry and credits those who helped her along the way to her success, which is why she is always willing to offer up some advice in the warmup pen. Besides training horses, she enjoys golfing, skiing, hiking, wine tasting and traveling with her family.