Chris Little, 19, and Ima Little Ichi, an 8-year-old gelding he borrowed from a friend, topped Friday’s Area 18 Youth Scholarship cutting at the Augusta Futurity with a 222 to earn a $3,000.
The son of Luna, Ga., residents Sam and Terri Little earned his second win in two shows with a horse borrowed from Alexis Stephas, of Chattanooga, Tenn. Stephas found out Little did not have a horse to ride in the Youth finals at October’s All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. She loaned him one she calls “Lad,” a gelding by Cat Ichi and out of the Freckles Loverboy mare Ms Bag Of Hope.
When Little found out two weeks before hand he would not have a horse to compete with at the Augusta, Ga., show, he called Stephas and asked if he could borrow him again.
“She said, ‘He’s going to be there. Show him.’ She’s a good friend. I couldn’t ask for a better one,” Little said. He had competed at the Augusta, Ga., show two prior years without much success.
Little has ridden horses since he was 5, and has competed as a cutter since age 10. He tied for 14th in the 2013 year-end National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Senior Youth standings.
Last year’s co-champion in the event, Anna Kate Jackson, 17, of Sanford, N.C., placed second this time with a 220 riding Bright Little Boon (Bet On Me 498 x Bright Starlight DB x Grays Starlight) to earn $2,000. The horse is a 2006 mare owned by Anna Kate’s mother, Mary Beth Jackson.