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Todd Quirk Places Three Horses In Augusta Futurity Classic Non-Pro Finals

HowardEHughes TQHoward E Hughes & Todd Quirk • Hart PhotosTodd Quirk and horses he and his wife own placed first, second and seventh in the first go of the Augusta Futurity Classic Non-Pro to claim three of 14 spots in the finals, which will be held Friday, Jan. 24.

He was the only rider to place multiple horses in the Classic Non-Pro finals at the Augusta, Ga., show. Quirk then gave the horses and his and their trainer, Austin Shepard, of Summerdale, Ala., most of the credit.

“His cow-picking is the key,” Quirk said. “He just does a wonderful job and I try to do my job, too. 

The 29-year-old rider from Denham Springs, La., finished first in the go-round with a 220 aboard Howard E Hughes, a 2009 gelding Quirk bred and raised, and he finished second with a 219 aboard Buzzted, a 5-year-old gelding that he bought in mid-fall.

Quirk and Geaux Time, another 5-year-old gelding that he bought as a 3-year-old, also marked a 215.5 to tie for the seventh-best score. It took a 214 to make the finals as 41 duos took a shot at it.

Thomas E Hughes, a stallion who earned a lot of money with Shepard in the saddle during his competitive cutting days, sired Howard E Hughes. The early top-scoring horse’s mother is a mare Quirk competed with and liked enough to seek a high-profile breeding. His wife, Elizabeth, and Shepard have also competed with Howard E Hughes.

“I haven’t really shown him a lot,” Quirk said. “I was glad to get him shown today.”

Buzzted (Light N Lena x Honey Bee Time x Peptotime) is already a career-earner of more than $110,000. He carried Sean Flynn to a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Open title during his 4-year-old season and also competed well in Non-Pro events with former owner Tim May, of Saltillo, Miss.

Todd and the former Elizabeth Brumbaugh, also an accomplished Non-Pro cutting rider, celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Oct. 27. Their Ten/27 Ranch owns all three horses that Todd made the finals with. Elizabeth warmed up Howard E Hughes for Todd before the duo’s first-round 220 and she plans to do the same before Friday’s finals.

“He’s real special to her, too,” Todd Quirk added. 

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