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Blakley Colgrove and Sassy Lil Sue Top Augusta Futurity Non-Pro

SassyLilSue BColgroveSassy Lil Sue & Blakely ColgroveBlakley Colgrove and her 4-year-old mare Sassy Lil Sue, winners of the Augusta Futurity Amateur finals with a 220 earlier in the week, came back with a final-draw 221 to win Jan. 25’s Futurity Non-Pro finals and earn $13,765 on the Georgia show’s last night.

A 215.5 by Kayla Norris, of Hattiesburg, Miss., and CD Kual Gun, the horse who later won Saturday’s Futurity Open finals with trainer Austin Shepard, had led the single-set 15-horse Non-Pro finals until Colgrove and Sassy Little Sue headed to the herd. Shepard also trains the horses that Blakley and her 14-year-old sister, Madalyn, took to the show.

“I was a little nervous before I went in, but after I cut my first cow, my nerves calmed down,” said the 12-year-old Boligee, Ala., rider and first-time Augusta Futurity competitor and now two-time show champion. “When I got down there, Austin just said, ‘Drive way out and cut clean.’ That was exciting and my horse was really good. It was amazing. This has been a big dream I always wanted.”

Sassy Lil Sue, sired by High Brow CD, and out of the Peptos Stylish Oak mare, Peptos Stylish Sue, and Blakley earned a combined $22,153 with their two wins in Augusta. Her grandfather, Joel Colgrove, Sr., who also lives in Boligeee, bought Sassy Lil Sue as a late yearling in Fort Worth, Texas. He also bought her full sister, Sweet Lil Sue, for Blakley’s sister. Madalyn Colgrove and Sweet Lil Sue were fourth in Saturday’s Non-Pro finals.

Sassy Lil Sue’s breeder Lee Holsey, of Crockett, Texas, produced the mare through a breeding auctioned through the Augusta Futurity Stallion Incentive program. That allowed Blakley and the horse to more than double their earnings at the show.

Sassy Lil Sue had earned less than $2,000 before competing in Augusta. Blakley has been competing as a cutter for less than three years. She has already earned more than $80,000.