One year after the Augusta Futurity judges awarded the highest score in show history, horses marking high scores were a rarity.
Phil Rapp and Dont Look Twice wowed the crowd with an eye-popping score of 231 in the 2012 Mercuria Open finals.
The pair bested the previous arena mark of 230.5 set by Tag Rice and Chiquita Pistol. But in 2013, judges didn’t see a horse quite like Dont Look Twice.
In cutting, especially at the Augusta Futurity, a score of 220 or better is considered exceptional. In Augusta, 37 riders have reached the 225 mark. During the Augusta Futurity’s first 23 years, judges awarded just 11 scores of 225 or better. In the past 11 years, 26 scores matched or bettered that number. Two riders and horses eclipsed the 225 total in 2013.
In eight official Augusta Futurity events, judges saw 10 scores of 220 or better. Kathy Boone rung up the highest score of the show with 226 aboard Playin Witha Cat in the Mercuria Non-Pro finals.
In the Mercuria Open finals, Ed Dufurrena and Auspicious Cat marked a winning score of 222. The highest score in any official event came in the Classic Open finals when John Wold and Fort Worth Pipeline rung up 225.
In the four amateur events, just two competitors reached the 220 level.
Libby Bowman and Rich N Snazzy marked 222 in the $100,000 Amateur for 5/6-Year-Olds finals, while Gerda Williams and Bob Somebody tied the score in the $50,000 Amateur Any Age finals.