Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard.

Hall of Famer Sam Shepard marked 225 on SDP Lil Ichi Maddie to lead the qualifiers for Saturday’s finals of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Augusta Futurity.

Nine horses scored 218 or better to advance to the finals in the year’s first show in the popular Mercuria NCHA World Series.

SDP Lil Ichi Maddie was bred by Jack and Linda Kenney by Cat Ichi out of Shortys Starlight, a Grays Starlight mare that Shepard rode in the 2003 NCHA Futurity finals.

SDP Lil Ichi Maddie is an 11-year-old mare owned by Cameron and Julie Thompson of Crossville, Tennessee. She was a finalist in multiple Open and Non-Pro limited age events, and placed seventh in the 2016 NCHA Open Standings. She has earned more than $131,000.

With career earnings of $2.3 million, Sam Shepard in in both the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame and the Members Hall of Fame.

Mercuria Augusta Open Finalists
225.0 SDP Lil Ichi Maddie Sam Shepard Maben & Julie Thompson
221.0 Cats Lena Curry Diehl Frank & Ora Diehl
221.0 Button Down Supercat Wesley Galyean SMF Cutting Horses
220.5 Jay Moss Cougar Gaylon Wells Shannon Lamb
220.0 Deluxe Checks Austin Shepard Rhein & Amanda Standish
220.0 Reyzurbetsonthiscat Craig Thompson Barnwell Ramsey
219.5 Tommie Canduit Bubba Matlock Missy Jean Rosenberg
219.5 Gini One Time Austin Shepard Gary & Gin Dellinger
218.0 Reyvelation Lloyd Cox Lloyd & Christina Cox

In the Non-Pro division, Lindy Ashlock of Abilene, Texas, led a field of 11 finalists with a 222.5 on Little Miss One Time. Little Miss One Time is a One Time Pepto mare bred by Eddie and Barbara Young out of Puddykat.

Ashlock, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee, won limited age titles on the mare at the Brazos Bash, Abilene Spectacular, and twice at the West Texas Futurity. Little Miss One Time has career earnings of more than $163,000.

Mercuria Augusta Non-Pro Finalists
222.5 Little Miss One Time Lindy Ashlock Wes & Lindy Ashlock
220.5 Some Kinda Highbrow Cade Shepard Austin & Stacy Shepard
220.0 Smart Whittle Margie Madalyn Colgrove Blakley Colgrove
220.0 Cat Black I Denise Seiz Charlie & Denise Seiz
218.0 Big Daddys CD Page Bowman Mike & Libby Bowman
217.5 Im Reydioactive Mary Ann Rapp Phil & Mary Ann Rapp
217.0 Checking The Cats Charles Israel Charles Israel
216.0 Reyvelation Christina Cox Lloyd Cox
216.0 Acatbequick Joe Howard Williamson Joe Howard Williamson
216.0 Harley Kristen Galyean Wes & Kristen Galyean
216.0 Hard Eight BBQ Cameron Thompson Maben & Julie Thompson
Lindy Ashlock on Little Miss One Time.