The National Snaffle Bit Association is pleased to announced that Professional Trainer Deanna Searles, of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the most recent rider to reach the association's prestigious Quarter Million Dollar Club.
Deanna achieved the career mark in earnings with Best Jazz Album Yet, owned by her husband Jim, at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, where she won the Open and Limited divisions of the Congress Masters Two Year Old Hunter Under Saddle Futurity. She won a total of $15,000 ($10,000 in the Open division and an additional $5,000 for the Limited division win).
"I'm really in shock," Deanna said after the milestone was recognized during the Congress class. "I had no idea I was even close to that. It's kind of cool. I'm so honored to be with all the other riders that have been an inspiration to me."
Deanna was born and raised on a ranch, and today operates Circle S Ranch, an All Around training barn with her husband and fellow trainer, Jim Searles. Deanna has trained and coached numerous AQHA world champions and All American Quarter Horse Congress champions with such horses as Allocate Your Assets, Heza Radical Zip, Majestic Scotch and Just Burning Money.
She showed AQHA Superhorse Another Valentino, and won the Congress Masters Hunter Under Saddle in 2011 with Lastcallfour Alcohol. Last year, she won her first AQHA world championship title in the saddle in Senior Trail with Suddenly A Goodbar, owned by Katherine Tobin. Her NSBA earnings have been won in Hunter Under Saddle, Trail and Western Riding events throughout her show career.
In 2013, Deanna was honored by the American Quarter Horse Association with its Professional Horsewoman of the Year award. She is known for her positive and patient style of teaching that brings out the best in both horses and riders.
Deanna and her husband Jim have two children, Trent and Taylor.
The Quarter Million Dollar Club honors riders who have earned $250,000 or more in lifetime earnings in NSBA-sanctioned events. Deanna will be recognized by the National Snaffle Bit Association during its annual awards banquet, which will be held during the 2018 NSBA World Championship Show and Breeders Championship Futurity in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in August.
Established in 1983, the National Snaffle Bit Association has expanded from its roots of the pleasure horse to recognize various disciplines and eight breed associations in competition. NSBA's programs uphold keeping the welfare of the horse as the primary consideration in all activities and encourage the use of standard rules for holding and judging events.