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29th Annual Augusta Futurity Attracts 624 Entries From 26 States and Canada

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The 29th annual Augusta Futurity ended Saturday, Jan. 26, in the James Brown Arena with AUSTIN SHEPARD of Summerdale, Ala., winning the 4-Year-Old Futurity Open championship riding HIGH BROW CD to a score of 222 and earning $30,000. The horse, which won the Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas, in December also ridden by Shepard, is owned by Arthur Noble of Madison, Miss.

In the same night, ELIZABETH QUEEN of Lipan, Texas, captured the 4-Year-Old Futurity Non-Pro championship riding BUBBLE GUM to a score of 220 and earning $17,001. The horse is owned by Elizabeth and her husband, Skip. It was Elizabeth’s second championship title in that Augusta category.

The largest cutting horse event east of the Mississippi offered a purse of $843,038 (minus Area 18 payouts) with contestants coming from 26 states and Canada. The largest number of the 624 entries from a single state was 204 coming from Texas.

“This was one of the smoothest and stress-free shows we have ever had,” said Show Executive Official Pete May. “The competitors, the volunteers and the staff all found themselves with free evenings to enjoy Augusta’s night life.

“But the reason for this,” he added, “was that the number of our Non-Pro entries were off, which makes us question if our show has become too large to be fun for everyone.”

May noted, in spite of the Non-Pro entries being off, the show still attracted the biggest names in cutting including Austin Shepard, the recent Futurity Open winner in Fort Worth, Texas, who also served this year at the Augusta Futurity as a cattle settler.

"If there was any disappointment, it was that our Wrangler Fun Fest got hurt because of a long, cold rain,” May said. “So many people worked so hard to make it a success, and the rain was beyond their control.”

During the 10-day show (Jan. 17-26), Augusta Futurity champions were crowned in nine main categories plus two events held in the same venue: the Area 18 Youth Scholarships competition featuring contestants from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, and also the coveted Western Horseman Cup championships sponsored by Cowboy Publishing Group’s Western Horseman magazine and UBS in conjunction with NCHA-approved aged events.

Detailed coverage can be found at augustafuturity.com and HorseCity.com. Downloadable, high resolution photos of the champions can be found by going to augustafuturity.com, clicking on the Media Room link at top left and then clicking on the link to the high resolution winners’ photos.

HERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE WINNERS:

4-YEAR-OLD FUTURITY OPEN

CHAMPION: AUSTIN SHEPARD, 222, riding HIGH BROW CD, owned by Arthur Noble of Madison, Miss., $30,000.

RESERVE CHAMPION: ALLEN CROUCH, 219, riding CDS STARLIGHT MS, owned by George and Karen Moore Jr. of St. George, S.C., $20,000.



4-YEAR-OLD FUTURITY NON-PRO

CHAMPION: ELIZABETH QUEEN, 220, riding BUBBLE GUM, owned by Skip and Elizabeth Queen of Lipan, Texas, $17,001.

RESERVE CHAMPION (TIE): ADAN BANUELOS, 215, riding DUAL WITH CHRISTY, owned by Ascencion Banuelos of Amarillo, Texas, $9,750.

RESERVE CHAMPION (TIE): KELLE EARNHEART, 215, riding MECOM BLUE GIN, owned by Earnheart of Hernando, Miss., $9,750.

5/6-YEAR-OLD CLASSIC OPEN

CHAMPION: TAG RICE, 221.5, riding COPASPEPTO, owned by Marvine Ranch LLC of Meeker, Colo., $28,000.

RESERVE CHAMPION: LLOYD COX, 221, riding HALREYCIOUS, owned by Linda Holmes of Longmont, Colo., $19,500.



5/6-YEAR-OLD CLASSIC NON-PRO

CHAMPION: MATT MILLER, 222, riding SODA REY BAY, owned by Miller of Poolville, Texas, $16,000.

RESERVE CHAMPION: ELIZABETH QUEEN, 219.5, riding BET ON BLUE 498, owned by Skip and Elizabeth Queen of Lipan, Texas, $9,000.

$100,000 NON-PRO ANY AGE

CHAMPION: RACHEL JOHNSON, 219, riding CASBERLENA, owned by Johnson of Lewisburg, W.Va., $5,280.

RESERVE CHAMPION: BRANDYE GANN, 218, riding DUALS LITTLE MISSY, owned by Todd and Brandye Gann of Leighton, Ala., $3,520.

$100,000 AMATEUR 4-YEAR-OLD

CHAMPION: LISA LANGDON, 212, riding LITTLE BITTY HIPPY, owned by Tony and Lisa Langdon of Aubrey, Texas, $5,716.

RESERVE CHAMPION: MICHAEL MORRIS, 211, riding FMR DOUBLE THE PEP, owned by Michael and Brooke Morris of Seale, Ala., $3,637.



$100,000 AMATEUR 5/6-YEAR-OLD

CHAMPION: LIBBY BOWMAN, 221, riding SAN TULE UNO, owned by Mike and Libby Bowman of Simpsonville, Ky., $6.135.

RESERVE CHAMPION: AL LARSEN, 215, riding REYDICULOUS, owned by ATL Cutting Horses LLC of Murray, Utah, $5,018.

$50,000 AMATEUR ANY AGE

CHAMPION: TY TYSON, 220, riding GIN N TRONA, owned by Tyson Ranch LLC of Metter, Ga., $7,068.

RESERVE CHAMPION: ROBBIE GALE, 218.5, riding SHORT A SHAY, owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses of Conway, S.C., $5,517.

$20,000 NON-PRO ANY AGE

CHAMPION: JENNIFER VAUGHT, 217, riding PFIZER STOCK, owned by Vaught of Pike Road, Ala., $6,059.

RESERVE CHAMPION: ROBBIE GALE, 216.5, riding SURE ENOUGH SMART, owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses, $5,048.

WESTERN HORSEMAN CUP

OPEN CHAMPION: KORY POUNDS, 226, riding CATS QUIXOTE JACK, owned by Steve Anderson of Victoria, Texas, $20,000.

OPEN RESERVE CHAMPION: MATT BUDGE, 222, riding RUBY TUESDAYS COLOR, owned by Jackpot Ranch of Weatherford, Texas, $12,500.

NON-PRO CHAMPION: MICHELLE ANDERSON, 222, riding CATS QUIXOTE JACK, owned by Steve Anderson of Victoria, Texas, $15,000.

NON-PRO RESERVE CHAMPION: MARY ANN RAPP, 218.5, riding TOOTSIE REY, owned by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp of Weatherford, Texas, $10,000.

AREA 18 YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS

CHAMPION: MATTHEW BLEWITT, 221, riding TRONAS ELAINALENA, owned by Gary Segars of Hartsville, S.C., $3,000.

RESERVE CHAMPION: TRAVIS BARTON, 217, riding HIGH BROW DOLL, owned by Philip King of Dumfries, Va., $2,000.

 

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