Lifetime Earnings: $8,161,375
2017 NCHA Open Futurity Champion & NCHA Open World Champion!!
With more than $8 Million in NCHA Lifetime Earnings-Austin is currently 4th in the standings of all time leading riders in the NCHA.
Austin Shepard Cutting Horses is based in Summerdale, AL, where Austin and his wife Stacy conduct their business out of their own ranch affectionately named The Circle S. Austin has learned from many great trainers over the years of which include his father and Hall Of Fame Rider and Member Sam Shepard. Other influences include Bill Riddle, Paul Hansma, Ronnie Rice, and Pat Earnheart. He has gone on to be one of the top riders and trainers in the cutting horse industry amassing over 6.2 million dollars in lifetime earnings. Austin has trained some of the most elite cutting horses of this time including: Highbrow CD, Bet Hesa Cat, Bamacat, Some Kinda Highbrow, Widows Intentions, and Widows Freckles. He has been an NCHA Open Futurity Champion and NCHA Open World Champion. Austin rode Thomas E Hughes, Bet Hesa Cat, and Bamacat to claim the title of World Champion Stallion.
There are many more championships and accomplishments that can be listed but needless to say he is truly one of the all-time greats. He, his wife Stacy, son Cade, and daughter Caylee all ride and show cutting horses. Cade has made his mark the past couple of years as he has been a force to be reckoned with in the Non Pro and Limited Non Pro aged events. It seems the talent and love of the sport runs in the family! The Circle S consistently produces champions while being a laid back fun environment, making it a great place to send your horses and get started in the industry.
Most Recent Accomplishments and Major Titles
2019 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Open Classic Finalist riding Dual Reyish
2019 Breeder's Invitational Open Derby Finalist riding Bama Jelly, CR Dualin Out Tuff, and Metallics MVP (+Derby Sale Incentive)
2019 NCHA Super Stakes Open Derby Finalist riding Bama Jelly
2019 Arbuckle 4-Year-Old Futurity Open Champion on Bama Jelly
2019 Arbuckle 4-Year-Old Futurity Open Finalist on Metallics MVP and Chexy Louella
2019 Arbuckle Classic Open Co-Reserve Championship on Sir Long Legs
2019 The Ike 4YO Open Reserve Champion on Metallics MVP
2019 The Ike 4YO Open Finalist on CR Dualin Out Tuff (4th), Bama Jelly & Barney Ross
2019 The Ike 5/6YO Open Finalist on CR Dualin Tuff (5th/6th) & Sir Long Legs
2019 Augusta Futurity Open Derby Champion riding Bama Jelly
2019 Augusta Futurity Open Derby Finalist riding Hammer Huges (3rd) and Bayou Creedence
2019 Augusta Futurity Open Classic Reserve Champion riding Tank Tallic
2018 NCHA OPEN FUTURITY FINALIST ON BAMA JELLY
2018 Cotton Stakes
- Open Futurity Reserve Champion & Gelding Champion on Bama Timme
- Open Futurity Finalist on Ten Blade (6/7th) & 3rd in the Gelding
- Open Derby Reserve Champion on Dual Reyish, 6th on CR Dualin Tuff & 18th on Smooth As Mimi
2018 West Texas Futurity Open Derby Finalist riding Dual Reyish, Smooth As Mimi and Mystic Kat
2018 West Texas Futurity Open Finalist riding Bama Timme (+gelding)
2018 Breeder's Invitational Open Derby Champion riding Dual Reyish
2018 Breeder's Invitational Open Derby Novice Finalist riding Cat In A Dually
2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open Derby Finalist riding Dual Reyish
2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open Derby Semi Finalist riding CR Dualin Tuff
2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic Finalist (5th) riding Sir Long Legs
2018 NCHA Eastern National Championships Open and $25,000 Novice Champion
2018 Bonanza Futurity Open Derby Finalist riding Dual Reyish and CR Dualin Tuff
2018 Bonanza Futurity Open Derby Gelding Finalist riding Bama Dawg
2018 The Ike Futurity Open Derby Finalist riding Bama Dawg
2018 Augusta Futurity Open Derby Finalist riding A Chance In Bama, CR Dualin Tuff, Dual Reyish and Bama Dawg
2018 Augusta Futurity Open Classic Finalist riding Sir Long Legs, Im Countin Starz, Christy Hughes and Joses Uno Gato
2018 Augusta Mercuria Open Finalist riding Deluxe Checks
Total of 27 Aged event finalists in 2017 not including Championships!
2017 NCHA Open Futurity Champion riding Dual Reyish
2017 NCHA Open World Champion riding Deluxe Checks
2017 Southern Cutting Horse Futurity Open Derby Champion riding Sir Long Legs
2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Mercuria Champion riding Deluxe Checks marking a 230!!
2017 Cotton Stakes Open Futurity Champion & Gelding Champion riding La Bets Cash
2017 NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Derby Champion riding Sir Long Legs -Score: 229!!
2017 Ike Classic Champion riding Twistful Thinking
Total of 34 aged event finalists in 2016!
2016 NCHA Futurity Reserve Champion riding Sir Long Legs
2016 Southern Futurity Open Derby Champion riding Kual Lil Wendy
2016 Augusta Classic Reserve Champion riding Gini One Time
2016 Augusta Futurity Derby Open Champion riding High Brow Clay 012
NCHA Riders Hall Of Fame
2007 Open Futurity Champion riding Highbrow CD
2011 Open World Champion riding Bet Hesa Cat Rode Thomas E Hughes, Bet Hesa Cat, and Bamacat to World Champion Stallion titles
2004 Derby Open Reserve Champion riding Widows Intentions
2005 Super Stakes Classic Open Champion riding Widows Intentions
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