2015 AQHYA World Show

July 31-August 8, 2015
Oklahoma City

2013 Youth World

Breakaway Roping

A 2013 gold trophy feels like redemption for Will McCraw.

The third time was the charm for William “Will” McCraw in roping at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. He qualified horses in 2011 and 2012, but just “hadn’t had any luck.”

Last year, he finished in the top five in the breakaway with Black Leo Colonel, aka “Ace,“ and earned a second-place Intermediate award for the effort.

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“I roped my short, little calf really good, but I broke the barrier,” he said. “But it’s all right.”

Returning in 2013, Will qualified four horses in tie-down, breakaway and heeling, and ended up making the finals in all three classes.

 “I felt pretty confident I was going to do all right,” Will told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “My horses were working good, and I felt like I was roping pretty good.”

On August 9, first up was the tie-down, and Will and Ace finished 12th. They didn’t have much time to think afterward – they were ninth in the go in the breakaway.

His confidence showed – the two roped their calf in a speedy 1.95 seconds.

“(Ace) runs really hard and breaks really hard and he gets me to my spot really fast and lets me rope quick,” Will said, giving credit to his horse. “And he’s got a good stop on him so he just allowed me to be really fast.”

The 2002 black gelding by Aimees Black Star and out of Miss Leo Colonel by Colonel Leo Vee, was bred by Lynda Wallace Vinson of Cumby, Texas. Will has owned him since 2010.

Back home in East Bend, North Carolina, Will ropes at home and gets help from AQHA Professional Horseman Josh Little of Mebane, North Carolina. Will has been to the National Junior High School Rodeo finals in Gallup, New Mexico.

“I’d like to thank my parents (Doug and Cindy McCraw) for all they’ve done for me, buying me great horses,” he said.

And he thanked Josh Little back home, and AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates for heading for him in the heeling finals in Oklahoma City.

Will plans to be back next year to try for another trophy.

How’s it feel to be a world champion?

“It feels great!”

Black Leo Colonel and William Curtis McCraw

Black Leo Colonel and William "Will" McCraw of East Bend, North Carolina