Stories by Chris Gay

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Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

Shepard makes history with Futurity Open finals win

Austin Shepard planned to attend the Augusta Futurity party after the show Saturday night. As far as celebrations go, that'd be it.
By Chris Gay

Oklahoma cutter wins Futurity Non-Pro finals

Amber Wilson-Czisny rode Meradas Molly Mac to 220.5 to win the Futurity Non-Pro title at James Brown Arena.
By Chris Gay

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Veteran Texas cutter Davis wins Classic Open finals

Aboard Deluxe Checks, Brett Davis rung up a score of 223 to win the Classic Open finals by 4.5 points Friday night at James Brown Arena.
By Chris Gay

Kentucky teen Bowman wins third consecutive Classic Non-Pro title

Page Bowman marked 222 on Big Daddys CD to become the first contestant to claim a third consecutive Classic Non-Pro finals title in the history of the 32-year-old event.
By Chris Gay

Appling teenager wins Area 18 Youth Scholarship finals

Joey Varnadore hasn't made any concrete college plans yet. All the Appling teenage knows is his road to higher education got a little easier Friday night.
By Chris Gay

Saturday Shootout: Augusta's Teymer having finest season in three years

The Augusta women's head coach is having his finest season with the Jaguars since 2012-13 when the team went 21-6. Augusta is on pace for a 20-win season after going 9-18 last season.
By Chris Gay

Kentucky rider, 18, wins Futurity Non-Pro go-round

Page Bowman is 18 and has no idea what she wants to do in the future. All she has to worry about in the Augusta Futurity is trying to win another championship.
By Chris Gay

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

South Carolina rider wins Unlimited Amateur for 4-Year-Old finals

Denny Branham and Smart Travelin Cat marked 212 to win the Unlimited Amateur for 4-Year-Old finals by four points at James Brown Arena.
By Chris Gay

Ohio rider wins Unlimited 5/6-Year-Old Amateur finals

Secrest and Copencougarhagen marked 221 to win the Unlimited Amateur for 5/6-Year-Olds at James Brown Arena.
By Chris Gay

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Shepard, 14, wins Classic Non-Pro go-round

Cade Shepard and Twistful Thinking marked 218.5 to win the Classic Non-Pro go-round at James Brown Arena.
By Chris Gay

Tite Fittin Genes has strong Futurity Open run

Tite Fittin Genes tied for fourth with 216 in the Futurity Open go-round Wednesday at James Brown Arena. Austin Shepard marked 220 to win the event by three points.
By Chris Gay

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Cagley, 12, wins $50,000 Amateur Any Age finals

Riding Little Sweet Spot, Karrigan Cagley marked 220 to win the $50,000 Amateur Any Age finals by a point Tuesday afternoon.
By Chris Gay

Shepard caps busy day with Classic Open go-round win

Aboard Gini One Time, Sam Shepard marked 221 to win the Classic Open go-round at James Brown Arena.
By Chris Gay

Canadian cowgirl wins $35,000 Non-Pro Any Age Amateur finals

Devon MacArthur passed her biggest test in the $35,000 Non-Pro Any Age Amateur finals. Aboard Playin Little Star, MacArthur marked 222 to win the championship.
By Chris Gay

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Morris gains experience in first Augusta Futurity run

William Morris dismounted his horse in good spirits after his first-ever run Monday in the Augusta Futurity. The score wasn't what Morris wanted. Still, he remained optimistic.
By Chris Gay

Mississippi teen wins $50,000 Amateur Any Age go-round

Shane Crawford beamed after his ride Monday morning, his colorful braces showing. The Mount Olive, Miss., teenager has worn braces for almost a year and has another year to go before they're ...
By Chris Gay

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016

One Arm Bandit toughest man at Bull Riding event

John Payne, the 62-year-old who survived electrocution four decades ago, brought his popular One Arm Bandit show to town as part of the 15th annual USC Aiken Extra Inning Bull Riding Championship ...
By Chris Gay

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Augusta Futurity truck parade set for Sunday

The Augusta Futurity will begin its 37th event with something unique. The inaugural Family Fun Truck Parade will start at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hip­podrome in North Augusta. The Augusta ...
By Chris Gay

Shepard recalls lifetime of Futurity

Austin Shepard remembers coming to the Augusta Futurity when he was a child, about 7 or 8. His father, Sam, served as a judge in the first futurity and later competed in the show.
By Chris Gay

Augusta University's Fields is hitting his stride

Augusta University's Tamyrik Fields has become an offensive presence.
By Chris Gay
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