2011 Select World
by Samantha EckertThe American Quarter Horse Journal
2011 Adequan Select World Champions in teamp penning finish their finals with 80.963 seconds on six head of cattle.
Sitting fourth in the team penning preliminaries, Ronnie McCormick Jr., David Hall and Bobby Gray went into the September 1 finals with a lot of pressure on them. They were at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show to defend their 2010 world championship.
“We (also) had some horse changes this year,” Ronnie, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, said, “so we had a lot of pressure on us.”
The three men defended their title with 80.963 seconds on six head.
“We were pretty blessed, we had good draws,” Ronnie said. “We just went in and did our jobs.”
Bobby, of Ralston, Oklahoma, had the biggest responsibility of going into the herd first.
“It’s very important to get your first cut, out, quick, ten seconds or less,” Bobby said.
This team is lucky enough to be located near enough to be able to practice with each other on a regular basis.
Ronnie rode Hickorys Lad Skeet, who had just carried his son Tristan to the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Champion title in team penning as well. A 1993 bay gelding by Docs Hickory out of Tivios Lady Skeet by King Skeet, the horse is affectionately known as “Newt” to the McCormick family.
Bobby rode his 1994 chestnut gelding, Blue Blood Magic, and David Hall, of Ripley, Oklahoma, rode his 2006 sorrel gelding, Snappin Kitten.
The team agreed that the cattle were softer in the preliminary round, which made it harder in the finals to get a good time. But, this seasoned team was able to get all three cows in with the best time this year.