While the weather in Augusta, Georgia, may have been cold and wet, competitors still gamely came out to the James Brown Arena to lay down smoking runs that kept the audience cheering. Friday night’s finals saw two champions crowned in the 5/6-Year-Old Classic, each scoring above a 220.
The 5/6-Year-Old Classic Open was full of tough competition, with riders marking big scores throughout each set. But it was 2014 Southern Cutting Futurity Open Reserve Champion Deluxe Checks, ridden by Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Brett Davis, who marked the highest score – a 223 – and ultimately won the class. The 5-year-old Kyle Manion-bred mare (Im Countin Checks x Catrina Starlight x High Brow Cat) and Davis took home $12,600 to owner Amanda Standish for winning the division.
“Austin [Shepard] trained the mare, and I was just showing her for him,” Davis, of Texarkana, Texas, said. “She’s a great mare. I showed her at the Super Stakes last spring and made the finals on her there. She’s just a lot of fun.”
Equi-Stat Elite $6 Million Rider Austin Shepard, of Summerdale, Alabama, had qualified four horses back to the finals, and it was he and Gini One Time, a homebred mare owned by Gary and Gin Dellinger, who earned the Reserve Championship and $10,700 after scoring a 218.5. The One Time Pepto mare is 6 years old and out of the Dual Rey mare Paving The Rey.
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