Rider gets second Augusta Futurity win five years after first

Libby Bowman, riding Rich N Snazzy, scores a 221 to win the 5/6 yr Old Amateur, her second career win.



Libby Bowman found success Thursday night in the same event she enjoyed five years earlier.

Bowman and Rich N Snazzy snagged the $100,000 Amateur for 5/6-Year-Olds finals with a score of 221, claiming the event by 3.5 points.

Bowman collected her second Augusta Futurity title, earning $1,601. Hali McClure and Freckles Meow placed second at 217.5 for $1,400, while Jordan Vaughn and Sarahs Painted Bridge finished third (217, $1,300).

Bowman lives in Simpsonville, Ky., with her husband, Mike, a veterinarian, and their 15-year-old daughter, Page. The Bowmans bought their first cutting horse when Page was born, and they haven’t stopped.

The Bowmans own Rich N Snazzy, a 6-year-old mare by Cats Merada out of Oh Cay Shez Snazzy. The horse got her name after Rags to Riches won the 2007 Kentucky Oaks. While her parents attended the race, Page, then 9, delivered Rich N Snazzy on the family farm.

The Bowmans sent off Rich N Snazzy to Austin Shepard for her training. Now, they keep the horse close to them with trainer Gabe Reynolds in the Bluegrass State.

“She’s real sweet. She’s always been real sweet,” the 52-year-old Bowman said. “She gets really low-headed when she works and that works to her advantage because she can look them (cows) in the eye.”

Darol Rodrock and Spookystimetoshine won the go-round after riding last in the second bunch of 12 horses. Immediately afterward, he said the draw didn’t bother him.

“We call that reverse first,” he said. “If you’re standing outside and someone tells you it’s your turn, you don’t know whether you’re going first or last. That’s the way I approach it.”

Rodrock was thrown off his other horse, Sippin Ol Crow, late in the go-round. He was helped out to for medical treatment and was forced to withdraw from the finals.