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Catagory Five Storms Past Rivals To Win Augusta Champions Challenge Open

categoryfiveCategory Five and Steve Oehlhof • photo by Stacy PigottCatagory 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.

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Austin Shepard’s New ‘CDs’ Rank 1-2-3 During Augusta Futurity’s Open First Go

BigDaddysCD AShepardBig Daddys CD & Austin Shepard • Hart Photos“I had a good day,” Summerdale, Ala., cutter Austin Shepard said Tuesday night after advancing four horses to the 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.

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$35,000 Non-Pro Any Age Goes To Desmond Robbins

nursecharlesNurse Charles and Desmond Robbins • Hart PhotosA relative newcomer to cutting, Desmond Robbins still has a hard time with the competitive aspect of the sport. Of course he wants to win every time he goes out. Then again, he doesn’t like watching his friends lose. Monday night, he walked out of the James Brown Arena at the Augusta Futurity, in Augusta, Ga., dealing with the paradox.

Robbins claimed his first major title when he and Nurse Charles rung up a score of 217 to win the $35,000 Non-Pro Any Age by 2.5 points. With his first Augusta Futurity title, Robbins of Goldsboro, N.C. earned $2,600.

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Joey Varnadore & Halos Rey Win Big At The Augusta Futurity

HalosRey JVarnadoreHalos Rey & Joey Varnadore • Hart PhotosHe’s two weeks from his 15th birthday, but Joey Varnadore had plenty to celebrate Monday, Jan. 20. The Appling, Ga., cutter made up for last year in a big way. Varnadore and Halos Rey marked a 222 to win the Augusta Futurity $50,000 Amateur Any Age finals by four points at James Brown Arena.