The Augusta Futurity: Wednesday

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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Robbie Gale of Conway, S.C., sits in the bed of a truck as the sun sets over the Hippodrome in North Augusta on Monday, January 20, 2013. Gale has been competing in cutting events for seven years and is currently training in Texas. "It's a hard life, but I love it."
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Horses stand in a staging area near the main floor of the James Brown Auditorium on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, during the week of the Augusta Futurity competitions in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Through a hole in a fence Walt Erwin of Cleveland, Ga., is seen practicing cutting with his horse Driving In High Style at the Hippodrome on Monday, January 20, 2013. Erwin has competed in the Futurity for at least five years.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Riders walk their horses at the Hippodrome in North Augusta on Monday, January 21, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) A man rides his horse at the Hippodrome in North Augusta on Monday, January 21, 2013.
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Brittany Johnson (left) laughs at Nathan Johnson (right) as he wears their sixteenth-month-old son Luke Jonnson's (far left) hat over his own on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, as they wait to browse vendor booths in the Bell Auditorium during the week of the Augusta Futurity competitions in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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A man walks his horse down an aisle in a barn at the Hippodrome in North Augusta, South Carolina-- a location where those participating in the Augusta Futurity stall their horses-- on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, during the week of the Augusta Futurity competitions which are held at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Riders warm up their horses before being called to the arena for competition in the James Brown Arena on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, during the week of the Augusta Futurity competitions in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) McKennon Wimberly, 24, of Cool, Tx., rides his horse Niokas around the Hippodrome in North Augusta on Monday, January 20, 2013. Wimberly, a bull rider with the Professional Bull Riders for six years, is competing in the Futurity for the first time.
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Tiffani Banuelos, of Boerne, Texas checks her phone as horse SFR Mirada Be Smooth turns his head to her while they stand in a staging area near the main floor of the James Brown Arena on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, during the week of the Augusta Futurity competitions in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Spectators gathered to watch the cutting horse rounds in the James Brown Area on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, during the week of the Augusta Futurity competitions in Augusta, Georgia. Some slept while others chatted during the events. Sara Caldwellstaff

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