Southern Futurity Heats Up
The $175,000-added Southern Cutting Futurity in Jackson, Miss. was in high gear on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 and 26, with four finals, including the Open Derby and the Open Futurity. In the Derby, riding 2016 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion and 2017 NCHA Derby champion Sir Long Legs, Austin Shepard scored 224 points and realized his tenth Southern Cutting Futurity win.
Shepard, who rides Sir Long Legs LTE $271,872 for Lew Hall, Highland City, Florida, won the 2016 Southern Cutting Futurity aboard Kual Lil Wendy LTE $48,540, a maternal granddaughter of Dual Kual LTE $96,136, who Shepard showed in 2000, to earn his first Southern Cutting Futurity win. As the sport’s #4 all-time leading NCHA open rider, Shepard has won championships in every major event, including the NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes and Derby. In addition to Sir Long Legs, Kual Lil Wendy and Dual Kual, he has also won Southern Cutting Futurity titles on Widows Intentions LTE $352,665 (2004); Like It That Way LTE $83,381 (2004); Cees Little Poo LTE $228,618 (2005); Starstruck Ichi LTE $104,302; Peppy Catalena LTE $92,384 (2010); Cats In Ya Dreams LTE $268,895 (2011); and Divas On Time LTE $167,495 (2013).
Sir Long Legs, also winner of the 2017 NCHA Derby, was sired by High Brow Cat out of Lil Lena Long Legs $189,672, by Smart Little Lena.
by Sally Harrison