It was deja vu for Katherine Queen and Clayreycious 10 on Saturday afternoon.
After winning the Area 18 Youth Scholarship finals a year ago, the pair backed up their victory with another championship run.
Queen and her horse marked 221 to win the event by three points at James Brown Arena. With the victory, Queen claimed a $3,000 scholarship for the second year in a row.
“It was basically a remake of last year,” she said. “It was really good. He tried as always. He just handled the cows really well and took care of me.”
Joey Varnadore and Reyminate placed second at 218 for a $2,000 scholarship. Blake Graham and Legal Dream finished third at 217 for $1,500. Morgan Griggs and Pour Summ Sugar Onme came in fourth at 216 for $1,000. Emma Kay Branham and NRR Al Capone checked in fifth for a $500 scholarship.
“It’s pretty special,” she said. “I’ve been coming here my whole life.”
After being homeschooled for years, Queen is a ninth-grader at Jefferson Davis Academy in Blackville, S.C. She said the private school officials are OK with her missing time to show cutting horses – she did attend school two days during the Augusta Futurity.
“It’s small,” she said. “It’s probably like 200 kids.”
Queen said she plans to attend college, but she’s unsure where she wants to go. She added she’s thinking about becoming a veterinarian.
Katherine, along with her parents, Skip and Elizabeth, purchased Clayreycious 10 two years ago at a sale in Texas. Katherine and Elizabeth liked the 8-year-old gelding, by Halreycious out of Cash N Scooter, immediately. Skip finally came around after he saw him work without a bridle.
“It ended up working out really good,” Katherine said. “(Skip) is happy about it now.”
Katherine said Clayreycious 10 has a different personality inside and outside the pen.
“He’s got a big motor, huge,” she said. “He’s chill. He’s really sweet toward me, He’s sweet, but he’s crazy.”