by Laura StevensThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Grady Underwood of Jacksonville, Texas, and Louis Saggione III of Manhattan, Illinois, are no strangers to AQHA world championships. Between the pair, they’ve won six world championships in ranch sorting and team penning with Grady’s brother, Justin Underwood.
Tonight, they claimed another victory.
Last to go in the finals, the pair felt confident about their job. “We drew up last so we kinda knew what we had to do,” explained Louis. “We had a good smooth run when Grady started us out right. We had a pretty good draw, and we just took care of it and made a solid run.”
Louis admits they weren’t too nervous, just “hoping that the cattle went where we pushed them!”
Grady and Louis compete together in United States Team Penning Association events, and have ridden together since childhood.
The duo was well-mounted. Grady rode Mistic San Pep, an 11-year-old gelding he bought from Louis. The sorrel gelding has been competing in team penning and ranch sorting since he was 3 years old. Earlier this year, Louis sold Mite Run Smart to his brother-in-law, Adam Hogg, on one condition: that Louis could show the gelding at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show.
That turned out to be a good decision. “He’s pretty happy!” laughed Louis.
“This is real fun,” Louis said. “We all travel together and go up and down the road together, so we have lots of people cheering for us.”
Look for Grady and Louis next year; they plan to make this a back-to-back experience.
Of course, tonight they have their celebration all planned out.
“We’re probably just going to get some sleep!” Louis laughed.
Louis Saggione III and Grady Underwood celebrate their winning run in ranch sorting.