Somethingtobelievein sure must like it in Augusta.
When Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Tarin Rice heard there was a $40,000-added any-age cutting at this year’s Augusta Futurity, he knew exactly where he and the stallion CR Gotcha Covered were going to be come January.
Julie Beasley has competed at the Augusta Futurity for years. She’d had some good runs and made various finals, the Alabama cutter had never landed a championship at the event in Augusta, Georgia. That changed this year.
After a standout 2018 season that culminated with the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Non-Pro World title, Elizabeth Quirk was ready for a break. She wasn’t planning to haul this year, but that may change.
The Augusta Futurity is known for its Southern hospitality, but organizers are kicking it up a notch for the show’s 40th anniversary in 2019. The $219,000-added show, slated for Jan. 12-19 in Augusta, Georgia, will feature The 40 – a new $40,000-added any-age cutting.
The typical 40-year anniversary gift is a ruby, usually set in a necklace or other type of jewelry. The Augusta Futurity, which will celebrate 40 years in 2019, is doing something a little different.
After making bank in the Non-Pro ranks, Somethingtobelievein bagged her first Open Championship in the Augusta Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Classic.
SJR Smooth Cowgirl isn’t a brawny horse, but owner Barney Mac Smith said the roan mare more than makes up for it with grit.