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Fehrman posts strong showing at Augusta Futurity

Posted: January 24, 2018 - 1:16am
Columbia County native Katie Fehrman, a freshman at the University of Georgia, finished second in the $50,000 Amateur Any Age finals last week at the Augusta Futurity.
Columbia County native Katie Fehrman, a freshman at the University of Georgia, finished second in the $50,000 Amateur Any Age finals last week at the Augusta Futurity.

Katie Fehrman could only fit in one Augusta Futurity competition into her busy schedule. It was all she needed.

The Columbia County native placed second in the $50,000 Amateur Any Age finals last week after she and Athenamillionaire rung up a score of 219 in the championship round. They lost by 1.5 points to Rhein Standish and Countin On Stella.

"I'm ecstatic," said Fehrman, who took home a check for $1,252. "Any day in the finals is a good day. It's the best run I've had in a long time. I'm just thankful for her and all my great help."

Fehrman is a freshman at the University of Georgia. She competed in the go-round Sunday. Then, she was able to compete in Monday's finals with the school being out for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. She returned to school for classes Tuesday morning.

"This is it," said Fehrman, a finance major. "We were hoping for a good run, because this was the one shot I had at it."

Fehrman, 18, returned to a familiar place after graduating last year from Westminster.

She's been around horses her entire life and began showing cutting horses about seven years ago, also competing during that span at the Augusta Futurity.

In 2017, she and Athenamillionaire got to the Augusta Futurity's Classic Non-Pro finals, finishing 10th. This time, they advanced to the finals after posting a run in front of a dozen friends and family members cheering her on in the go-round.

"It's awesome to be home," Fehrman said. "At the same time, everybody's coming to see me and it's like I hope this doesn't go bad, because I have so many people watching me. But it's great."

Fehrman has owned her 7-year-old mare for four years. She compared Athenamillionaire to a big dog.

"She's just the sweetest thing ever," Fehrman said. "You can go in her stall and lay down with her. I've never had a horse quite like her."

"I had to pull out my Georgia colors," she said. "That national championship game was a little depressing. Campus was pretty quiet last week. It's OK. We'll get ‘em next year."

 

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