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Clinic Series

 

 

All clinics are free and open to the general public. There is no admission charge for Sun Circuit, and there is plenty of parking.

Friday March 2 Markel Insurance Arena (Equidome) 4 PM
Brad Barkemeyer Boxing clinic

 

Saturday March 3 Quarter Horse News Arena. North Hall 11 PM Laurel Walker Denton Ranch Riding Clinic

 

Saturday March 3 SmartPak Arena (Arena 4) 3 PM
Leonard Berryhill Western Riding clinic

 

 

Clinicians

 

Laurel Walker Denton

Laurel Walker Denton, raised on the Bar U Bar Ranch in Skull Valley, Arizona, grew up riding horses and working cattle. Laurel started her show career at the early age of eight and since then she has trained many AQHA Champions and has won AQHA World Championships. Laurel has spent her entire life in the show ring, earning points in fourteen different events. Today her main focus is on training Ranch Riding and Working Cow Horses. Staying on top of her game was more than evident at the 2017 AQHA World Championship Show where she was World Champion and third in the Sr. Ranch Riding.

An AzQHA Past President, Laurel is also currently editor in chief of The Arizona Quarter Horse magazine, which she volunteers her time to the Arizona Quarter Horse Association. She served as an AQHA Director for 17 years, is currently a Director At Large and a member of the AQHA Ranching Heritage Committee. An AQHA judge since 1996, Laurel has judged all of the AQHA World Shows, Open, Amateur, Select and Youth. She is also an NRCHA judge.

She was voted by her peers to win the 2010 AQHA Merle Wood Humanitarian award, and received the AQHA 50 Year Breeders award for the Bar U Bar Ranch in 2009.

Laurel and her husband Barry are proud to own and operate the Bar U Bar Ranch, which has been in the family since 1945.

 

Brad Barkemeyer

Since 1988, Brad Barkemeyer has been training horses for the public in a variety of disciplines. Growing up on the family ranch in Montana provided much opportunity for training colts and ranch horses as well as establishing a quality foundation for performance horses in and out of the competition arena.

Brad has been and continues to be a student of horsemanship, from colt starting to world class performance horses. Brad has been privileged to study under, David Avery and Al Dunning just to name a few. “One thing that I have found very humbling in the horse industry is the willingness of those that are successful to share their knowledge unselfishly to help others.” Brad conducts his training operation, Barkemeyer Performance Horses, out of Bella Vista Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona where he, his wife, Mindy, and sons, Bryce and Zane reside.

Brad has excelled in the arena in American Quarter Horse, National Cutting Horse, National Reined Cowhorse and US and World Series Team Roping Championship events. He and his students have earned numerous championships on local and national levels in cutting, cowhorse, reining and roping. Most recently Brad made the Open and Intermediate Open Finals at the 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, and was 3rd in the Open Two Rein, Reserve Two Rein Champion at the 2016 Derby, Open Two Rein Champion at the 2016 NRCHA Stakes, Arizona Sun Circuit Circuit Champion 2015, Top 5 in the number 11 at the World Series of Team Roping Finale in 2015, Intermediate reserve champion at the 2013 NRCHA Derby, 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Intermediate Open top ten, AZQHA Professional Horseman of the year 2011, 2011 NRCHA Hackamore Classic Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Novice Horse, 2011 AQHA Arizona Sun Circuit All-Around Jr. Horse Champion, 2011 AQHA Arizona Sun Circuit Junior Cowhorse Champion, 2011 Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Hackamore Spectacular Reserve Champion, 2010 Limited Open Champion NRCHA Derby, and the 2010 National Stock Horse Association Futurity Limited Open Hackamore Champion. These accomplishments in the arena are just to name a few, Brad finds real joy in giving back to the industry that he truly loves. He currently serves on the board of directors for the NRCHA and is chairman of the Professionals Committee, as well as being on the board for the AzRCHA.

 

 

Leonard Berryhill

Leonard Berryhill an AQHA judge, has been training horses over 30 years. Western riding quickly turned into one of his favorite events, but he has done lots of other events. Leonard is a World Champion in Western Riding and Calf Roping. nHe enjoys learning and teaching his craft.

Leonard and wife Leigh train horses out of there ranch in Talala, Ok.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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