Winning in Augusta now runs in family

Steve Norman/Special

Wesley Galyean's accomplished more before the age of 24 than most Non-Pro competitors will in their entire career.

The one thing missing from Galyean's resume was a win at the Augusta Futurity.

He scratched that off his to-do list Saturday night.

Atop Missing Addition, Galyean marked 220 to capture the Futurity Non-Pro finals by four points at James Brown Arena.

Galyean of Ardmore, Okla., collected $19,127. Chad Bushaw of Weatherford, Texas, and Frappuccino N Pasta placed second at 216 for $13,399. Skip Queen of Lipan, Texas, and Bronzed Feather finished third (215.5, $11,166).

Galyean, who will celebrate his 24th birthday in six days, won the 2004 National Cutting Horse Association Open Futurity finals in Fort Worth, Texas. He has already topped the $1 million career earnings mark, according to Equi-Stat.

In Augusta, Galyean placed second in the 2005 Futurity Non-Pro finals. He also finished third in the Western Horseman Cup Non-Pro finals Friday night.

"I felt like I've gotten close so many times here, but some little thing has happened and I hadn't won," he said. "My mind-set tonight was I wanted to really come out here and get a win. I'd rather get a win or (finish in) last place."

Galyean credited his horse, Missing Addition, a mare by Little Trona out of Smart Lil Addition, with the victory. He purchased her last February.

"That mare right there has great eye appeal," he said. "She's always real intense on a cow. She's got a lot of grit and a lot of heart."

Galyean also finished in a tie for ninth place on Shes Icing On The Cat in the finals.

"Both of my mares are great," he said. "I'm really happy with them. If I can just stay out of their way from making mistakes, there's no telling what they can do."

Galyean picked up his family's third Augusta title. His father, Jody, is a two-time Augusta Futurity Open champion. Jody Galyean also is second in all-time Augusta earnings .

"Of course, my dad is one of the legends here," the younger Galyean said. "Those are some big shoes to fill."

Jody Galyean, along with Matt Gaines, Clint Allen and Lloyd Cox, all helped on Wesley's run. Combined, the helpers own eight Augusta victories.

"They did a great job of helping me pick cows and shape up cows," Wesley Galyean said. "They're always there for me. Most all my success comes from them helping me down there."

Galyean recorded the lowest winning score in this event in four years.

"It was kind of tough cutting down there tonight," he said. "Sometimes, you kind of go for survival. But I sure had my mind set on trying to win it."

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or


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