It’s almost time for the 37th annual Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, Jan. 17-23 at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. As the largest cutting horse competition east of the Mississippi River, the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity has a loyal following in the community and is one of the year’s best events, with spectators filling the stands as they cheer for their favorite cutters. Now, even if you can’t be there in person, you can experience the excitement and thrilling action on the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity’s live webcast.
The live webcast starts with the cutting action on Sunday, Jan. 17, with the Area 18 Open cuttings scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Any-age classes continue on Monday, Jan. 18, including $2,500-added Open and Non-Pro classes, with the first limited-age classes scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19.
You won’t want to miss a minute of cutting action, which includes the competitive and lucrative Area 18 Scholarship Cutting, which is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. with the 5/6-Year-Old Classic Non-Pro finals immediately to follow. Be sure to tune in to the live webcast again on Saturday, Jan. 23, for the thrilling finale of the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and Open beginning at 7 p.m.
The Augusta Futurity began in 1979 when several Southeastern cutters met in Atlanta to discuss creating a major cutting horse show for this region. They wanted a show convenient for East Coast cutters, who wanted to compete in a first-rate futurity but did not want to travel all the way to Texas.
W.S. “Billy” Morris III convinced his fellow Atlantic Coast Cutting Horse Association members that the best place for the show was Augusta – a town unfamiliar with cutting but with a brand new civic center. The first Augusta cutting competition was held Feb. 7-9, 1980, in the civic center (now James Brown Arena) with 140 entries. It has continued annually since then.
Of the 35 champions of the prestigious Futurity Open competition, 24 have been from Texas, five from Oklahoma, two from Alabama, and one each from Mississippi, Colorado, Virginia and Tennessee. From the beginning, the total payout amount of prize money paid out has been roughly $18 million. The total last year alone was $319,658.
It is estimated that the event has had an economic impact on the Augusta area of more than $350 million.
Remember, live cutting action begins on Jan. 17. A live webcast of the cutting events can be seen by clicking here!