Originally created 01/30/98

Big-money titles in Futurity will be decided



The 9th annual Augusta Futurity hits the home stretch today at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Five of the eight titles in the cutting horse show will be decided today and Saturday, the final two days of the nine-day event.

Three finals are on tap today, starting with the $50,000 Amateur Any Age event. This class, for riders whose career earnings do not exceed $50,000, will have its first go-round this afternoon, followed immediately by the finals. Then, starting at 7 p.m., the finals of the Classic division, for 5- and 6-year-old horses, will take center stage. The Classic Non-Pro finals will be followed by the Classic Open.

First-place money in the Classic Non-Pro is $14,697, while the Classic Open champion will earn $16,147

Typically, some of the highest scores in the show each year come from the Classic finals, where the more experienced horses and riders test their ability against the cattle. The highest score in show history -- a 227 by Pete Branch -- came in the 1995 Classic Open finals.

On Saturday, the show concludes with the Futurity class, for 4-year-old horses. The Futurity Non-Pro finals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., followed by the Futurity Open. The Futurity Non-Pro winner will take home $14,911. The Futurity Open champion will earn the biggest check of the show, $20,632.

Cutting show


What:
Augusta Futurity

When:
Today and Saturday

Where:
Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center

How much:
$8-$15.50, $2-$5 younger than 13

Phone:
828-7700