Don't ask Terrye Brown what happened during her ride in Friday's $50,000 Amateur Any Age finals at the Augusta Futurity.
Brown, of Loganville, Ga., remembers only the first few seconds of the exciting 2 1/2 -minute ride, which resulted in a 218.5 and the $6,851 first-place check.
Asked to describe how her 18-year-old horse Lynx Expresso controlled a tough second cow to nail down the victory, Brown said "it went so fast, I don't remember my second cow."
Lynx Espresso, a gelding by Docs Lynx out of Royal Hilda, was up to the challenge of the cows Brown cut out of a rugged set of cattle. Half of the 12 riders in the finals `lost cows' (allowed them to return to the herd).
"I'm very fortunate that I've got a horse that is so solid," Brown said. "It doesn't matter what I do, he takes care of me. A lot of people have cutting horses; he's a cow horse. The more he cuts, the more he loves it."
"These were her horse's type of cattle," said Joye Smith, who tied with Elizabeth Elliott for second place with 217s. "The cattle were not very good. Her horse can run and stop bad cattle and make it look pretty. My horse would rather have a cow set up in the middle and jump side to side and show off in the middle of the pen. Terrye had a good ride."
Smith, of Columbia, rode Power Player while Elliott, of Estill, S.C., rode Colonel Lil Pepper. In the first go-round, held earlier in the day Friday, Elliott was the winner with a 222. Smith had tied for second place with a 218.5 and
Brown tied for eighth with a 216.5. Scores of 216 and above advanced to the finals in this class for riders whose National Cutting Horse Association career earnings do not exceed $50,000.
In the finals, women dominated, as they did in two of the other three amateur events this year. A week ago, Patty Ravenel won the $5,000 Amateur Any Age and Stacie McDavid won the $20,000 Amateur Any Age. That means three of the four amateur events this year were won by the distaff side.
"There were a lot of good guys who cut in this class today and they just didn't have good luck with the cattle," Brown said. "It was a lucky day for the girls."
"We did pretty good, didn't we?" Smith said. "It just means we're pretty tough competitors. There is tough competition in the $50,000 Amateur Any Age. It's probably one of the toughest classes to show in all week. There are a lot of good horses and riders."
Brown joined her husband Dick Brown as an Augusta winner. Dick Brown won the 1994 Amateur Any Age class on his great stallion, Haidas Sugar Doc, who is in the breeding barn this winter.
Terrye Brown rode Haidas Sugar Doc to a secondplace finish in the $50,000 Amateur Any Age last year. She also rode Lynx Expresso in this class last year, but didn't make it out of the first go-round.
Brown bought Lynx Expresso three years ago from Harold and Terri Summerford.
"He had been out in the pasture for a year when we bought him," Brown said. "I'd been looking for a horse and I'd tried many, many of them. We were talking to (trainer) David Stewart one day and I just remembered him (Lynx Expresso) back when I showed years ago. David checked on him and sure enough, he was for sale."
At age 18, Brown doesn't see Lynx Expresso slowing down any time soon.
"He probably can show five or six more years," Brown said. "We don't do anything to him. Chris Howell, who works for us, tunes him up right before the show and we come to the show. He's really a maintenance-free horse."
Today's events at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center
10 a.m. --
Augusta Futurity Horse Sale (no admission charge).
6:30 p.m. --
Futurity Non-Pro finals, followed by Futurity Open finals.
General admission: Jan. 25-30, adults $5, children $2. Thursday, Jan. 29 night show, adults $8, children $2.
There are no general admission seats available for today. Reserved seating: Adults $12.50, children $5, except Jan. 31, adults $15.50, children $5.