That Red Georgia Dirt

Author: Lauren Middleton



That Red Georgia Dirt










The 2018 Augusta Futurity has come to a close and, as always, it is one for the record books! This show has so much history to back it up making it one to participate in at least once in your show career. This year was no different from years past as some of the biggest names in the sport were in attendance along with a number of the most talented horses the industry has ever seen.

Derby Open


Chubby Turner showed everyone how it is done in the Derby Open Finals as he claimed the Championship. He and Wanna Dual (Dual Rey x Zacks Fifth Avenue), owned by J5 Horse Ranch Management marked a 220 for the win and the $10,000 check! “Vita” was purchased a few months before the NCHA Futurity from Ty Cole and the rest is history. She is obviously a very talented mare, but Chubby is one who knows how to get them shown especially in tough situations. The cows were challenging throughout the week in Augusta, and he proved to be successful time and time again. Chubby truly loves the sport and promotes it to the fullest, so seeing him do well is heartwarming. While there are positives to say about most everyone within this close nit group of people, Chubby stands out as a driving force of progress showing us that we all need to keep the life and its dreams alive!


Chubby Turner and Wanna Dual (Photo By Suzanne Sylvester Photography)


Chubby recieving awards after his win!


Reserve Co- Champions were Gabe Reynolds riding CR Sister Tuff (Woody Be Tuff x Dees Cats Meow), owned by Shawn and Lisa Minshall, and Matt Gaines riding Metallic Drifter (Metallic Cat), owned by James Vangilder both marking a 217.5. These two teams each received a $8,250 check and we also Co-Champions of the Stallion Incentive Program.  Metallic Drifter was also the Gelding Division Champion of the Derby Open.

Nick Pilcher was the Limited Derby Open Champion riding Tommys Easter Sunday (Thomas E Hughes x Snazzy Easter Bunny) owned by Larry Cooper.


Derby Non Pro


In the Derby Non-Pro, the Co-Champions were Kaitlyn Larsen riding Lite Switch (Light N Lena x Duals Play Kitten) and Ray Baldwin riding Dontt Say A Word both marking a 215.5. They each took home a $5,500 check for the win! Both Kaitlyn and Ray have enjoyed considerable success aboard horses they have raised from prestigious breeding programs. Every trip to the herd is a learning experience for the horse and rider, and every win adds another building block to the futures of their programs. This unique aspect to the run tells an extra story and makes it special for the spectators.


Kaytlin Larsen riding Lite Switch and Ray Baldwin riding Dontt Say A Word (Photo by Suzanne Sylvester Photography)

Third place was Sasha Thompson marking a 214.5 riding Thommo (Thomas E Hughes) taking home $4,000.  This duo also took home the Gelding Division Championship as well as the Limited Division Championship.

Derby Unlimited Amateur


Barney Mac Smith and SJR Smooth Cowgirl (Smooth As A Cat x Shes Pretty Smooth) topped the Derby Unlimited Amateur marking a 218 and collecting a $2,500 check. Barney Mac is another member of the Rapp Ranch Crew adding to the great show they have all had. Phil and Mary Ann Rapp attend the Augusta Futurity each year, and they have made it annual outing for their customers as well. Barney Mac has been part of their program for many years, and you will never catch him without a smile. He brings positive energy to their barn as well as to anyone he is around. It is awesome to see someone like him in the winner’s circle!


Barney Mac Smith and SJR Smooth Cowgirl (photo by Suzanne Sylvester Photography)

Reserve Champion was Dennis Levering riding Whiskey Drinkin Girl collecting a $2,200 check. He was also the $50,000 Amateur Champion!

Classic Open


The Classic Open wrapped it up on Saturday night, and it was Brett McGlothlin and Somethingtobelievein (Hydrive Cat x Playin T Etta) that stole the show! He and “Kate,” the tiny little mare with unbelievable abilities, loved Augusta last year and continued their winning streak in 2018. We love to watch this mare work. She is quick, low to the ground and seems to really enjoy her job! Her name reflects how special she is to Brett and his wife, Jody. They knew she was something for them to believe in from the start. There are just some horses that hold a place in your heart, and everyone can understand why Kate does in theirs. The pair added another $9,000 to their earnings with the win, and Jody also added $5,400 for their show with her third-place finishe in the Classic Non-Pro.


Brett McGlothlin riding Somethingtobelievein (photo by Suzanne Sylvester Photography)

Reserve Champion was Tatum Rice and the standout young stallion Hashtags (Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag) marking a 221.5 collecting an $8,000 check for owners Hashtag Vetures LP.

The Gelding Division Champion was Velvets Revolver (WR This Cats Smart x Velvets Best Shot) ridden by Brett Davis and owned by Gary and Michelle Reichart.

Limited Classic Open Champion was Jessie Pritchard riding One Bat Cat (Dualin Boon) owned by Michelle Hudson.

Classic Non Pro


Cade Shepard topped the Classic Non-Pro marking a 222 aboard Christy Hughes (Thomas E Hughes x MH San Tules Dually) collecting $8,001! Cade and “Kathy”, as she is affectionately named after Kathy Boone, are a dynamic duo. Cade is fun to watch and seems to have no fear with any horse he shows. Kathy can step up when he asks her. And, let’s face it, anyone who has watched Cade Shepard at all knows when he can ask one then everyone is in trouble! This mare is one of the last babies out of MH San Tules Dually who is also the mother of World Champion Stallion, Bama Cat, and many other standout performers. Christy (MH San Tules Dually) has made an impact on the Shepard family that should not go unnoticed. Having a mare like Kathy come from her will ensure that she will keep making a difference in their lives!


Cade Shepard riding Christy Hughes (photo by Suzanne Sylvester Photography)

Reserve Champion was Judy Rogers riding Prette Prette Please (Chic Please x Alexis Cat) marking a 216.5. They collected a $6,700 check along with the Limited Championship!

Classic Unlimited Amateur


In the Classic Unlimited Amateur, it was Amanda Standish and Im Countin Starz (Im Countin Checks x Starlights Catrina) who were victorious marking a 219! They claimed the $2,500 Champion’s check. “Blue” is a full sibling to the recent NCHA Open World Champion, Deluxe Checks, and is proving that it is all in the family! They all have been extremely consistent and made their mark for the Standish’s. Amanda is a rider we are seeing in the winner’s circle more and more along with her husband, Rhein, who was the champion of the $50,000 Amateur earlier in the week riding Countin On Stella (Im Countin Checks x Stella Starlight).


Amanda Standish and Im Countin Stars (photo by Suzanne Sylvester Photography)


Eloise Standish Celebrating the great show her parents had in Augusta!

Reserve Champion was Barnwell Ramsey marking a 217 aboard Bet Sheza Marka (Bet Hesa Cat x Marka Shorty). They collected $2,100 for their second-place finish!  He was also Champion of the $50,000 Amateur Division.

It was a long week of cutting in Augusta, Georgia, but, as always, the show staff met the competitors with smiles on their faces. The parties and get togethers added to the fun, and the Stallion Incentive Program added excitement to the cutting. The first stop of the Mercuria World Series of Cutting was held, and the next set of points for NCHA Horse of the Year were dispersed. Next up for most is the Ike Derby and Classic in Monore, LA. Everyone rest up fast! We are looking forward to seeing our cutting family there!

Thank you to Suzanne Sylverster Photography for providing us with all of the working photos throughout the week in Augusta!

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