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The Augusta Futurity will be held in Perry this year, and feature an additional year's worth of Stallion Stakes Incentive money. * Photo by Molly Montag

Augusta Futurity Announces Venue, Additional Stallion Incentive Payout

After a year on the sidelines, the Augusta Futurity will return to the Peach State in 2022 at a new venue with an additional year’s worth of Stallion Incentive payouts.

The steering committee of The Augusta Futurity recently announced the 42nd edition of the show would be held Jan. 16-22 at the Georgia International Fairgrounds & AgriCenter, 401 Larry Walker Parkway, in Perry, south of Macon. The show grounds are just off Interstate 75.

“We are extremely excited about this move,” Show Manager Sherry Fulmer said in a statement.  “We have worked with the Georgia fairgrounds staff in Perry for quite a while and have nothing but praise for the exemplary way their staff operates their facilities and generously helps out the participants.”

Stallion Incentive Pays More

The 41st Annual Augusta Futurity, which was held in January of 2020 in Augusta, attracted 602 entries from across the United States and Canada.   It paid out a total purse of $571,665 that included $65,000 in Stallion Stakes Incentive money.

Fulmer said, due to the very popular Stallion Stakes program not being able to pay out at 2021’s canceled show, the decision has been made to take that incentive money and add it to the 2022 pay-outs.

“The money ($82,500) that would have been paid to the owners of 4-year-old horses in 2021 will be paid in 2022 to the owners of 5-year-old horses,” Fulmer said.  “Additionally, we will pay our scheduled amount ($80,000) to 4-year-old horses, which means we will have a total pay-out of more than $162,000 in 2022.”

The Augusta Stallion Stakes Incentive Program began in 2006 to help create and offer additional money to all 4-year-olds entered in the Augusta Futurity and sired by participating stallions.

Stallion owners donate a breeding service to their stallions with a breeding to be used in the same year. For more information about the program, call Tom Holt at (817) 235-7507.

Impact to Economy

Next year’s show will mark the first time the Augusta Futurity will be held somewhere other than its traditional home in the James Brown Arena in Augusta since its inception as a 3-day event in 1980. That year, Pat Earnheart became the Futurity Open Champion at that inaugural show riding Pure Tari.

Perry businesses can expect the week-long event of top cutting horse competitors from several states accompanied by their trainers, family and friends to infuse several hundred thousand of dollars into the local economy through lodging, food, gasoline and horse supply purchases.

The 2021 Augusta Futurity was scheduled for last January for Perry, but had to be canceled due to the problems relating to the Covid-19 crisis.

Area horse lovers will be able to attend the daily cutting events in Sutherland Arena which usually will begin at 8 a.m. with free admission except for the Friday and Saturday finals of the Futurity Open and Futurity Non-Pro events.

On those nights, general admission seats will be $12.  Reserved seats also will be available by calling (706) 823-3417.

Updated details being developed will be posted on the official web site augustafuturity.com.  Besides the regular main events, there will be additional NCHA Open/Non-Pro and Amateur competitions offering cash and other prizes.