The Augusta Futurity is a cutting-horse show, in which a rider and horse try to “cut” a cow out of a herd of cattle and then attempt to prevent its return to that herd.
Riders have 2½ minutes in each ride to show the ability of the horse to control a cow once the cow is cut.
At least two cows must be cut at different times during the ride. Some riders cut three.
Five judges rank a ride on a scale between 60 and 80 points, with half-points being allowed.
The final score is reached by dropping the high and low scores and taking the total of the remaining three scores. The highest possible score is 240.
The rider guides the horse to prevent the cow from returning to the herd. Cows that return to the herd bring the highest penalty (five-point deduction from each judge). It is said a horse “lost a cow” when it fails to hold it.
In 2012, Phil Rapp and Dont Look Twice set the arena record with an eye-popping score of 231 in the Mercuria Open finals.
The pair bested the previous arena mark of 230.5 held by Tag Rice and Chiquita Pistol.
In 2017, Katherine Queen and Metallic Manziel posted the top run of the week, ringing up a score of 227 in the Classic Non-Pro finals.
– From staff reports