This year's Augusta Futurity, which was won last year by Austin Shepard and Bama Jelly, was postponed. • Photo by Molly Montag.

Augusta Futurity Postponed

One of the premier aged event cuttings on the East Coast has been postponed.

Officials announced this week that the Augusta Futurity, scheduled for Jan. 16-23, had been postponed due to a recent spike in COVID-19 infections. A number of Southern states, including Georgia, reported an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections in late December and early January.

“The recent spikes in infections, along with the risks to participants, their families, judges and show staff associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have made this action necessary,” the show’s Executive Committee said in a statement.

A replacement date has not been determined. Show organizers said they will announce the new dates as soon as possible.

“Thank you for your understanding and please pray for the families that have been impacted by this terrible virus,” the statement said.

This is the second change show organizers were forced to make due to concerns about COVID-19. Organizers announced earlier this year that the 2021 show, which historically has been held at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, had been moved 150 miles away to the Georgia National Fairgrounds & AgriCenter in Perry due to concerns about the virus and association sickness.

The show was celebrating its 42nd annual event in 2021.