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Rhein Standish & Reyzin The Barr Prevail in Augusta Futurity Amateur

For Rhein Standish and Reyzin The Barr, the 4-Year-Old Amateur finals at the Augusta Futurity was all about survival. Watching from the ninth draw, Standish witnessed run after run go awry as the pushy cows took advantage of his competitors during the finals Friday, Jan. 21. 

“I was extremely nervous. The cows [pushed on] all the people before me, except one. It was hard to watch,” Standish said. “And you’re also riding fresh 4-year-olds, which adds a challenge to everything.” 

Standish’s top priority was pushing his cattle out of the herd and getting them stopped. The tactic paid off, and the team brought home the championship with a 217. It paid $3,200. 

His trainer, Austin Shepard, gave Standish what ended up being winning advice:

 “Austin said ‘Just get over and stop the cow. Just keep stopping the cow.’ Because if you don’t stop them, next thing you know you’re running across a football field [of a pen.]”

The Augusta Futurity temporarily relocated to the Georgia International Fairgrounds & AgriCenter for this year’s event, and pen was significantly roomier than people were used to. 

“I think today was about surviving,” Standish said. “[Luckily] Reyzin The Barr is a really hard-stopping, low-headed horse that can get across the pen good. He’s very trustworthy for a 4-year-old. He’s always going to turn, always going to do what he’s supposed to do.”

According to Standish, Reyzin The Barr (Reyzin The Cash x Divas On Time x One Time Pepto), known as “Chester,” is easy to be around and knows his job in the cutting pen.

A homebred, Reyzin The Barr is from the extended female family of the late great mare Desire Some Freckles. His mother, Divas On Time, is out of the millionaire producer’s daughter, Desires Cat (by High Brow Cat).

“You hardly have to touch him. You put a leg on him and he responds very quick. He says ‘Oh yes, I’m there,’” Standish said. 

Cutters & Arabians

Chester’s feely athleticism translates well to Standish’s other equine venture – Arabians. He and his wife, fellow cutting horse enthusiast Amanda, have been breeding and riding Arabians for nearly three decades.

“That’s how we started out in horses and over the years we’ve added the Quarter Horses as well. They’re two completely opposite breeds but they really complement each other. My wife and I’s passion is breeding horses. All the horses we show are babies we’ve bred,” Standish said.

The couple seem to have a knack for it, earning the Leading Breeder distinction at the 2021 Arabian U.S. Nationals Show and standing a roster of Arabian stallions at their Boisvert Farms in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“I always like the cutters with a little more [feel] because the Arabians are pretty lively. They’re pretty hyper,” Standish said.

Amanda has also found success at this year’s Augusta Futurity. Already a past Augusta champion, this year she and homebred Countess Catrina (Im Countin Checks x Catrina Starlight x High Brow Cat) brought home the Classic Challenge Intermediate Amateur Championship with a 223.