Teen rider Page Bowman and Athena Mad Man finished as Augusta Futurity Classic Amateur Champions Thursday in Augusta, Ga., with a 221 to earn $3,000 – one year after her mother won the same title with the exact same score. Last year, Libby and her mare Rich N Snazzy (Cats Merada x Oh Cay Shez Snazzy x Oh Cay Quixote) won the event to earn $1,600.
Page’s parents, Mike and Libby, of Simpsonville, Ky., own Athena Mad Man (Athena Puddy Cat x Puppy Breath x Smart N Slick), but he has been Page’s show horse from the start.
“She’s 16, but she’s an experienced rider,” Libby said when asked if she offered her daughter advice. “There’s not much you can tell her but ‘Good luck, sweetheart.’ She’s pretty focused, and she listens to Austin and Gabe (Reynolds), our trainer at home.”
Page has competed as a cutter since age 9, and she started winning right away, her mom said, but this is the first time she’s won at the Augusta Futurity. She competed last in the 11-horse set. A 218 led as she headed to the herd.
“I’ve won from the last draw before, and I felt pretty confident my cattle watchers would pick me good cows,” Page said.
Reserve Champion Jordan Vaughn, of Forsyth, Ga., rode homebred 6-year-old gelding Sarahs Painted Badge (Playboys Badge x RL Sassy Sarah x Honey San Peppy). Vaughn earned $2,500.
The Augusta Futurity continues through Saturday.