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Areyana & Lindy Ashlock • Photo by S. Sylvester Photography

Areyana & Lindy Ashlock Victorious at Augusta Futurity

A month after kicking off her show career in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, Areyana earned her first major aged-event win in style with Lindy Ashlock at the Augusta Futurity.

Ashlock, of Abilene, Texas, rode the daughter of Sigala Rey to a winning 221 in the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro during the finals held Saturday, Jan. 21 in Perry, Georgia.

“She was really good in the first go, [where we] cut some really tough cows and made the finals,” Ashlock said. “And then in the finals, my first cow was treacherous and then second and third cow were really good.”

Ashlock got the Jose Sigala-bred mare in 2021 at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale in Fort Worth, Texas. They had a good run in their return to the Will Rogers Memorial Complex by making the finals of the 2022 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro, before moving on to Augusta.

Areyana & Lindy Ashlock • Photo by S. Sylvester Photography

Areyana always brings plenty of motivation to the table when she cuts a cow, Ashlock said.

“She’s super intense. I don’t really have to worry about how intense she’s going to be,” Ashlock said. “We just have to … she has to be relaxed.”

Although Ashlock hadn’t been to the Augusta Futurity in a few years, she returned to the show in part because of the lucrative purses. The show offered a substantial pot of added money, and those dollars were spread out across the Open, Non-Pro and Amateur divisions.

“I went out there [to Augusta] because it’s actually one of the highest added-money non-pro cuttings from now until the [NCHA] Super Stakes,” she said.

In addition to winning $13,958 for winning the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro, Areyana and Ashlock also won the biggest paycheck — $4,399 — in the Augusta Futurity Stallion Incentive for the class. Combined with her winnings from the NCHA Futurity, she now has lifetime earnings of $31,957 recorded in EquiStat.

The Augusta Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Reserve Championship went to Ty Moore and I Like Cash Money, a daughter of EquiStat Elite $3 Million Sire Reyzin The Cash and out of Smooth N Smokin (by Smooth As A Cat). Their score of 218 also earned the second-biggest Stallion Incentive Check of $3,613, which gave them combined earnings of $16,006 for owner Kathleen Moore.

Areyana is one of 28 money-winning performers sired by Sigala Rey, a 2008 Dual Rey stallion whose offspring have so far earned more than $548,565. She is the only money-winning performer in EquiStat for her dam, Safari Smooth Cat (by Smooth As A Cat).