2011 Select World
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Bobby Gray and Bill Lawless win the ranch sorting world championship September 1 at the Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
Bobby Gray and Bill Lawless have the prescription for ranch sorting. That is, they have Gandy Prescription and Uno Blackie.
On September 1, they used the prescription to win the ranch sorting championship at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
Bill, who hails from Mountain Home, Arkansas, has been sorting with Bobby, who lives in Ralston, Oklahoma, for about eight years, and together, they’ve won a lot of money and a lot of Select world championships.
“I’ve claimed three (world championships), two with this man,” Bill said.
In 2008, Bobby was reserve world champion in team penning and third in ranch sorting. In 2009, he was the reserve world champion in team penning and the world champion in ranch sorting. And in 2010, he was the world champion AND the reserve world champion in penning.
In 2008, Bill was reserve world champion in team penning. In 2009, he was world champion in ranch sorting and reserve world champion in team penning. In 2010, he was world champion in ranch sorting and reserve in team penning.
Based on that, it’s easy to figure out they know the secret to a winning ranch sorting team.
Bobby: A quiet horseBill: Quiet horse. Good, smooth catch, and a hellacious partner, and that’s what this guy’s been for eight years.Bobby: But you’ve got to have a good quiet horse.Bill: Yes, you do.
Bobby’s horse -- the good, quiet one he needs to win -- is Gandy Prescription, a 1992 sorrel gelding by Prescription James and out of Ms Doc Gandy by Doc Par. He was bred by R.B. and Zelda Ashley of Bristow, Oklahoma, and Bobby calls him “Deets” from the television miniseries “Lonesome Dove.”
“I’ve owned (Uno Blackie) since she was 2,” Bill said. “She has won four world titles and probably $280,000. Ranch sorting is awesome. The best thing about ranch sorting – if you can sit a horse, you’ve got a good chance of beating us.”
Then he added a tip on the winning prescription:
“If my horse will go when I say go and stop when I say stop and turn when I say turn, I’m going to take your money.”