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A Deluxe Twist at the Eastern Nationals

Sam and Austin Shepard, riding Twistful Thinking and Deluxe Checks, respectively, tied with 224 points to claim co-champion titles in the 2017 NCHA 6666 Eastern Nationals Open Finals. It was the first time a father and son team have tied in an NCHA event, and...

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Unparalleled feat at Eastern Nationals

At the Eastern Nationals Championship event in Jackson, Mississippi, on March 7, 2017, Austin Shepard claimed an unparalleled first, second, and third, riding Deluxe Checks in the $25K Novice Finals with a score of 228....

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Twistful Thinking Takes 5/6-Year-Old Open at The Ike

The Ike Derby and Classic kicked off on Jan. 27, and the first champions were crowned during the 5/6-Year-Old Open finals on Jan. 29. Out of a field of 21 horses, Equi-Stat Elite $6 Million Rider Austin Shepard and Twistful Thinking took home top honors.   The...

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Cade Shepard Dominates Classic Non-Pro at NCHA Super Stakes

The Classic Non-Pro finals at the Lucas Oil National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes brought a competitive group, but the youngest of the bunch ended up on top.   Fourteen-year-old Cade Shepard came in as the second draw on Some Kinda Highbrow (High Brow CD x...

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Shepard Wins Third 4-Year-Old Futurity Open Title in Augusta

The Augusta Futurity wrapped up Saturday, Jan. 24, with the 4-Year-Old Futurity Open and Non-Pro finals. In spite of the inclement weather in Augusta, Georgia, a crowd came out to support the East Coast cutters, and the competitors did not disappoint.   From the first draw in...

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Shepard Pushes Past $6 Million Mark

Austin Shepard, of Summerdale, Alabama, needed to earn less than $10,000 at the Breeder’s Invitational (BI) to surpass the $6 million point in Equi-Stat. At the event’s first opportunity to garner money, Shepard exceeded the mark by earning a total of $27,538 in the Classic/Challenge...

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Shepard Tops The Four Sixes/NCHA Eastern Nationals Open

During the first week of competition at The Four Sixes/NCHA Eastern Nationals, held March 9-21 at the Mississippi Fairgrounds in Jackson, Mississippi, competitor’s endured wet weather and tough competition, but eight champions were crowned.    On March 11, the first champion was crowned in Jackson. Leading the...

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Bamacat Rolls To Victory At Houston Mercuria

Bamacat stole the show when he won the Open finals during the second leg of the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting, which was held Feb. 27-28 during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas.   Bamacat (High Brow Cat x MH...

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Austin Shepard Dominates Augusta 4-Year-Old Open

The Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, held Jan. 17-24 in Augusta, Georgia, finished with a bang on Saturday night. In a tough class of 14 Open-caliber horses, Austin Shepard rode four finalists. The 222 Shepard marked aboard Paradox Cat from the ninth draw earned the duo...

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CD Kual Gun & Shepard Finish Big at the Augusta Futurity

A 4-year-old gelding with $5,233 in prior earnings picked up $31,824 while winning the Futurity Open finals and placing second in the Futurity Non-Pro finals, and horses ridden by his trainer Austin Shepard placed 1-2-3 during Saturday’s Open finals to earn a combined $49,364 as...

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