Bamacat and the highly regarded 5-year-old stallion’s career-long trainer Austin Shepard finally broke into the win column Friday in Augusta, Ga., winning the Augusta Futurity Classic Open title with a dominant 225.
After topping Thursday’s Augusta Futurity Classic Amateur finals with a 221, Page Bowman and Athena Mad Man marked a 222 Friday to top the Classic Non-Pro finals in the same Augusta, Ga., James Brown Arena.
Chris Little, 19, and Ima Little Ichi, an 8-year-old gelding he borrowed from a friend, topped Friday’s Area 18 Youth Scholarship cutting at the Augusta Futurity with a 222 to earn a $3,000.
Rieta Dufurrena and Ozzum Man, a 4-year-old gelding sired by one of her family’s favorite horses, competed last and best with a 217 during Friday’s first round of the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro cutting competition.
“I think he’s amazing,” the young rider said after she and the horse clinched a spot in Saturday night’s finals in Augusta, Ga. “He’s real physical and he’s real cool on how he can do some things. He’s really fun, that’s for sure.”
Blakley Colgrove and Sassy Lil Sue competed at the Augusta Futurity cutting for the first time this year, but after winning Thursday’s 4-Year-Old Amateur title with a 220 to earn $8,388, there’s a good chance the 12-year-old rider and her 4-year-old mare will return.
Teen rider Page Bowman and Athena Mad Man finished as Augusta Futurity Classic Amateur Champions Thursday in Augusta, Ga., with a 221 to earn $3,000 - one year after her mother won the same title with the exact same score. Last year, Libby and her mare Rich N Snazzy (Cats Merada x Oh Cay Shez Snazzy x Oh Cay Quixote) won the event to earn $1,600.
Jason McClure and Tama Boon, the only horse his wife won’t let him sell, showed one of the reasons while topping Thursday’s Augusta Futurity Champions Challenge Non-Pro with a 219 to earn $5,600.
Catagory Five, a 6-year-old cutting horse with a somewhat stormy early career, won Thursday’s Augusta Futurity Champions Challenge Open to earn $5,500 with trainer Steve Oehlhof. According to Oehlhof, the horse is still apparently gathering strength.
Augusta Futurity Open finals, to be held Saturday night. Shepard swept the top three spots with horses sired by High Brow CD, the stallion he rode to win the 2008 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Open. The fourth horse, sired by One Time Pepto, notched the first round’s seventh-best score.“I had a good day,” Summerdale, Ala., cutter Austin Shepard said Tuesday night after advancing four horses to the