Virginian makes most of first run
Knight's 221 ties for second in go-round
By Chris Gay| Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The extremely busy Glade Knight flew into town for just two runs in the Augusta Futurity.

He made his trip worthwhile after his first one Tuesday afternoon.

Knight and Playin N Fancy Smart scored 221 to tie for second place in the Classic Non-Pro first go-round.

Seth E. Holcombe and Sugar Widows won the event with a score of 221.5. Dustin Adams and Stylin Playgirl also posted 221.

The top 40 horses with scores of 212 or higher advanced to Thursday afternoon's second go-round.

Knight will have a busy Thursday -- he will also compete in the Champions Challenge later in the evening. Of course, every day is bustling for him.

The 65-year-old Knight is the CEO and chairman of the board for the Apple REIT Companies, organizations that own 205 hotels throughout the United States. He spends a lot of his time flying, and he attends just a handful of cutting horse shows throughout the year.

"That's all I can squeeze in," he said. "The shareholders want me to be at work."

Knight said the shareholders respect the fact he moonlights in the horse business.

"They root for me," he said. "I'm their cowboy."

Knight owns Slate River Ranch locations in Richmond, Va., and Weatherford, Texas. He is married with four children and 13 grandchildren (11 boys).

"So the ranch is extremely important," he said.

Knight also is a two-time Augusta Futurity winner. He captured the $50,000 Amateur for 4-Year-Olds and $50,000 Amateur for 5/6-Year-Olds events in 2001.

"That was a highlight," he said. "Augusta's a fun place to come to."

He found more fun in Augusta with his run aboard his 6-year-old mare, Playin N Fancy Smart. The horse is by Smart Little Lena out of Playin N Fancy Peppy.

"She's a great mare," Knight said. "She's high-powered. Just an electrifying mare. She can cover the cow."

Knight's trainer, Kory Pounds, along with Phil Rapp, Sean Flynn and Matt Gaines, all helped during his Tuesday afternoon run. Knight said the cattle can be tough and hard to find. But he managed to do just fine.

"You always try to find three cows that match up with your horse and do the dance," he said.

From the Wednesday, January 27, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle


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