With 16 talented horses in the 5/6-Year-Old Open finals at The Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity in Augusta, Georgia, it was sure to be a spectator-friendly show. The finalists didn’t disappoint their audience, and they caused an eruption of cheers from the crowd on several occasions.
The roar of applause was loudest as the buzzer sounded after Skip Queen and TGI Playtime’s run. The duo cut from the next-to-last hole in the finals, and when the scoreboard lit up with a 228, James Brown Arena could hardly contain the excitement.
In exchange for a stellar run, the Allendale, South Carolina-based trainer and the 6-year-old mare (One Time Pepto x Play Miss Lena x Smart Little Lena) won a $12,001 check for owner/breeder Carroll Matthews. This win brings “Claire’s” Equi-Stat record to around $120,000, while Queen boasts lifetime earnings of more than $1.8 million.
The 5/6-Year-Old Open Reserve title went to Bamacat (High Brow Cat x MH San Tules Dually x San Tule Freckles) and Austin Shepard, of Summerdale, Alabama, after the duo marked a final-round 223. That performance earned $10,000 for the Bamacat Syndicate, bringing the Austin and Stacy Shepard-bred horse’s total Equi-Stat record to nearly $230,000.
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