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