Futurity Draws Cattle Cutting

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January 19, 2006
The largest cattle cutting event east of the Mississippi kicks off today. It’s the 27th Annual Augusta Futurity. News 12 learns the ways of the west at the Augusta Civic Center.

675 athletes, thousands of spectators, ten days at the Augusta Futurity. It sounds like a lot. Well, it is.

“I was in Augusta last year as a spectator and I’ll be showing two horses this year,” said Al Scott, cattle cutter.

“If you want to see how cowboys on the old west handle cows, this is almost like a pageant. And it’s to see who’s horse is the best cow horse in the world,” said Pete May, Manager, Augusta Futurity.

“It has to mirror image it. And it can’t let that cattle back to the herd,” said Thomas Graham, Summerton, South Carolina.

Thomas Graham is an up and coming cowboy from Summerton, SC.

“My mom’s been doing it for nine years and my dad’s been doing it for the same amount of time. It’s a full time every day job,” Graham said.

Also in the stands, students on a field trip from Greater Augusta Christian Academy.

Tickets are going fast, especially for the bull riding competition Friday night. The total prize money, $13 million. And the anticipated impact for Augusta is $10 million.

Click here for the complete Augusta Futurity schedule.