Wood She B Magic
Wood She B Magic & Austin Shepard • Photo by S. Sylvester Photography

Wood She B Magic Charms Crowd at Augusta Futurity

Ever since the 2020 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Sales, where she brought an unprecedented seven-figure bid, Wood She B Magic has continued to make headlines. The 2023 Augusta Futurity was no different, as the mare, who won the 4-Year-Old Open last year, carried Austin Shepard to the Wrangler 5/6-Year-Old Open Championship with a 226 score.

Shepard, who drew up in the middle of set two, said his goal was to get his cows cut clean, drive the mare up, then go with whatever the cows allowed them to do.

“I think it [this run] was probably a little bit better than last year’s,” Shepard said. “The cattle were pretty tough last year, but they were a little bit better last night. Last year’s run was really challenging for a 4-year-old, but the mare handled it really good. It sure wasn’t easy last night, but she seems to make a bad situation good.”

Wood She B Magic & Austin Shepard
Wood She B Magic & Austin Shepard • Photo by S. Sylvester Photography

The duo collected $16,713 for the win, bumping the mare’s EquiStat record up to $268,265. The Augusta titles added to several top three placings on her résumé, including a third-place tie at the 2021 NCHA Futurity, Reserve at the 2022 NCHA Summer Spectacular, Reserve at the 2022 Cotton Stakes and a first place finish at the 2022 Southern Cutting Futurity.

Bred by Waco Bend Ranch Ltd., Wood She B Magic (Woody Be Tuff x Magic Metallic x Metallic Cat) is owned by Billy Wolf. Shepard said he plans to continue showing the mare throughout the year and is looking forward to the next generation in Spring 2024.

“She’s been a really nice mare all along — just a classy, special mare,” Shepard said. “We’ve got some embryos out of her by Dual Reyish, which we’re very excited about. She’ll have her first ones next year.”

Shepard expressed his appreciation to the Augusta Futurity show management for putting on another great show with record numbers this year.

“It’s a really big show — I think it’s up two-and-a-half times what it was the last year we had it in Augusta,” Shepard said. “I think show management, Mark Senn in particular, has done a great job not just improving it and making it better, but also preserving the tradition of Augusta because that’s very important to this show.”

One Nite In Ft Worth (Once In A Blu Boon x Fort Worth Pipeline x Cats Merada), who was bred by Lisa Bankston, and James Payne collected the Reserve Championship after marking a 221.5. The pair collected $14,291 for owner Kathleen Moore.