2017 NCHA Open Futurity Champion & NCHA Open World Champion!!
With more than $8 Million in NCHA Lifetime Earnings-Austin is currently 4th in the standings of all time leading riders in the NCHA.
Austin Shepard Cutting Horses is based in Summerdale, AL, where Austin and his wife Stacy conduct their business out of their own ranch affectionately named The Circle S. Austin has learned from many great trainers over the years of which include his father and Hall Of Fame Rider and Member Sam Shepard. Other influences include Bill Riddle, Paul Hansma, Ronnie Rice, and Pat Earnheart. He has gone on to be one of the top riders and trainers in the cutting horse industry amassing over 6.2 million dollars in lifetime earnings. Austin has trained some of the most elite cutting horses of this time including: Highbrow CD, Bet Hesa Cat, Bamacat, Some Kinda Highbrow, Widows Intentions, and Widows Freckles. He has been an NCHA Open Futurity Champion and NCHA Open World Champion. Austin rode Thomas E Hughes, Bet Hesa Cat, and Bamacat to claim the title of World Champion Stallion.
There are many more championships and accomplishments that can be listed but needless to say he is truly one of the all-time greats. He, his wife Stacy, son Cade, and daughter Caylee all ride and show cutting horses. Cade has made his mark the past couple of years as he has been a force to be reckoned with in the Non Pro and Limited Non Pro aged events. It seems the talent and love of the sport runs in the family! The Circle S consistently produces champions while being a laid back fun environment, making it a great place to send your horses and get started in the industry.
Most Recent Accomplishments and Major Titles
2021 Yellowstone Cotton Stakes Classic Open Reserve Champion riding Kinky Boots
2021 Yellowstone Cotton Stakes Derby Open Finalist riding Fancy Deville
2021 Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular 5/6 YO Open RESERVE CHAMPION riding Bama Jelly & Finalist riding Kinky Boots
2021 PCCHA Derby 4 YO Open Finalist riding Ginis Bama On Time and Fancy Deville
2021 PCCHA Derby 5/6 YO Open Finalist riding Bama Jelly and CR Dualin Out Tuff
2021 Breeders Invitational Special 5 Open Finalist riding Countess Catrina
2021 Breeders Invitational Classic Open Champion riding Bama Jelly
2021 KIT KAT SUGAR NCHA SUPER STAKES Open Derby Finalist riding Fancy Deville
2021 KIT KAT SUGAR NCHA SUPER STAKES 6/7 Open Finalist riding Bama Jelly
2021 ARBUCKLE MOUNTAIN FUTURITY Open Classic Co Reserve Champion riding BAMA JELLY and KINKY BOOTS
2021 The IKE Classic Open Reserve Champion riding BAMA JELLY
2021 The IKE Classic Open Finalist riding KINKY BOOTZ
2021 The IKE Derby Open Finalist riding Flawless
2021 The IKE Derby Open Novice Finalist riding FANCY DEVILLE & SKEETER POP
2020 NCHA Futurity Open Finalist riding Flawless
2020 NCHA Futurity Open Semi Finalist riding Fancy Deville
2020 METALLIC REBEL SOUTHERN FUTURITY Open Classic CHAMPION riding Bama Jelly
2020 METALLIC REBEL SOUTHERN FUTURITY Open Classic RESERVE CHAMPION riding Dual Reyish
2020 METALLIC REBEL SOUTHERN FUTURITY Open Derby CHAMPION riding Kinky Bootz
2020 METALLIC REBEL SOUTHERN FUTURITY Open Derby Finalist riding Countess Catrina and Kinda Hottish
2020 METALLIC REBEL SOUTHERN FUTURITY Open Classic Finalist riding CR Dualin Out Tuff
2020 COTTON STAKES Open Classic CHAMPION riding Dual Reyish
2020 NCHA Metallic Cat SUMMER SPECTACULAR Open Derby Finalist riding Kinky Bootz
2020 NCHA Metallic Cat SUMMER SPECTACULAR Open Classic Finalist riding Dual Reyish and Bama Jelly
2020 NCHA Metallic Cat SUMMER SPECTACULAR Open Classic APHA CHROME CASH Incentive CHAMPION riding Dual Reyish
2020 ARBUCKLE MOUNTAIN FUTURITY Open Derby CHAMPION riding Kinky Bootz
2020 THE IKE Open Derby CHAMPION riding COUNTNESS CATRINA
2020 AUGUSTA FUTURITY Open Classic CHAMPION riding DUAL REYISH marking a 230!!!
2020 AUGUSTA FUTURITY Open Derby CHAMPION riding KINKY BOOTZ
2019 NCHA Futurity Open FInalist (5th/6th) Riding Countess Catrina
2019 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Open Classic Finalist riding Dual Reyish
2019 Arbuckle 4-Year-Old Futurity Open Champion on Bama Jelly
2019 Arbuckle Classic Open Co-Reserve Championship on Sir Long Legs
2019 The Ike 4YO Open Reserve Champion on Metallics MVP
2019 Augusta Futurity Open Derby Champion riding Bama Jelly
2019 Augusta Futurity Open Classic Reserve Champion riding Tank Tallic
2018 NCHA OPEN FUTURITY FINALIST ON BAMA JELLY
2018 Cotton Stakes Open Futurity Reserve Champion & Gelding Champion on Bama Timme
2018 Cotton Stakes Open Derby Reserve Champion on Dual Reyish
2018 Breeder's Invitational Open Derby Champion riding Dual Reyish
2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open Derby Finalist riding Dual Reyish
2018 NCHA Eastern National Championships Open and $25,000 Novice Champion
Total of 27 Aged event finalists in 2017 not including Championships!
2017 NCHA Open Futurity Champion riding Dual Reyish
2017 NCHA Open World Champion riding Deluxe Checks
2017 Southern Cutting Horse Futurity Open Derby Champion riding Sir Long Legs
2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Mercuria Champion riding Deluxe Checks marking a 230!!
2017 Cotton Stakes Open Futurity Champion & Gelding Champion riding La Bets Cash
2017 NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Derby Champion riding Sir Long Legs -Score: 229!!
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