Alabama seventh-grader Blakley Colgrove claims Amateur 4-Year-Old title

Blakley Colgrove, age 12, riding Sassy Lil Sue, scored 220 to win the Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur Finals on Thursday by six points. Colgrove, of Boligee, Ala., took home $1,800.

Blakley Colgrove might have briefly forgotten what grade she’s in, but she’ll always remember her first time competing in the Augusta Futurity.


Madalyn Colgrove helped her 12-year-old sister remember she’s in seventh grade instead of sixth. Blakley took care of the rest Thursday night.

Aboard Sassy Lil Sue, Colgrove rung up a score of 220 to claim the Amateur 4-Year-Old Competition, presented by Synbiont and Dealnwithacoolcat at James Brown Arena.

“This is amazing,” she said. “It’s a good feeling.”

With her first Augusta Futurity win, Colgrove, of Boligee, Ala., collected $1,800.

Page Bowman and Roamin Cat marked 214 to tie for second place with Laura Collins – each earned $1,400. Kayla Norris and CD Kual Gun, the go-round winners, tied for fourth at 204.

Colgrove credited her horse for her victory.

“She was absolutely amazing tonight,” she said. “This is the best she’s ever been. And I had really good cows.”

Sassy Lil Sue, a mare by High Brow CD out of Peptos Stylish Sue, was purchased as a 2-year-old by her grandfather Joel Colgrove at the NCHA Futurity Sale. Colgrove purchased several horses at the sale and sent them to trainer Austin Shepard, who recommended Sassy Lil Sue for Blakley. The horse, she said, has the right personality for her.

“She has a lot of talent. She has a good stop,” Blakley said. “Inside the pen she’s really calm. Outside the pen she can be a little crazy. She’s really fun and energetic.”

Colgrove and her 14-year-old sister, Madalyn, are in their first year of home-schooling so they can compete on the National Cutting Horse Association circuit. Blakley, who also has a 6-year-old brother, Colton, has been showing cutting horses since she was 10.


All events begin at 10 a.m. All events held inside James Brown Arena, unless noted.

TODAY: Go-round of Futurity Non-Pro. Finals of Area 18 Youth Scholarship, 6 p.m, followed by Classic Non-Pro finals, followed by Classic Open finals.

SATURDAY: Futurity horse sale, 9 a.m. Wrangler Family Fun Fest, James Brown plaza, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Opening ceremonies, 5:30 p.m. Finals of Futurity Non-Pro, 6 p.m., followed by finals of Futurity Open.

GENERAL ADMISSION DAY TIME PASS: $9 adults, $2 children 12 or under



GOLD TICKET: $35 for all daytime events (until 6 p.m.) through Saturday and tonight.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Georgialinatix (877) 428-4849 or James Brown Arena (706) 262-4567. Credit cards accepted, $4.50 per ticket plus three percent per order for handling. Cash only at Ticketmaster outlets, $4.50 per ticket handling fee. Cash or charge at James Brown Arena, no handling fee.



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