George Strait Holds Team Roping Classic In San Antonio
March 14, 2011 at 2:12 PM (PT)
The finals for the 29th Annual GEORGE STRAIT TEAM ROPING CLASSIC were held SATURDAY (3/12) at the ROSE PALACE in SAN ANTONIO, TX. DAVID KEY from STEPHENVILLE, TX JADE CORKILL from FALLEN, NEVADA were named the new Grand Champions. Fifty teams returned to compete in the finals from nearly 500 teams who competed FRIDAY (3/11) in the preliminaries. This year, founder MCA/NASHVILLE star GEORGE STRAIT made a big change to how ropers qualified for SATURDAY finals and cowboys welcomed the new system.
In years past, first day qualifying included two rounds of eliminations with all teams competing together. This year, the 500 teams were broken down into groups of 50 and the Top 5 fastest times from each round qualified for the finals.
KEY and CORKILL finished with a 15.62 combined time and won a custom painted GSTRC CHAMPIONSHIP CHEVY SILVERADO DUALLIES from CAVENDAR CHEVROLET in BOERNE, TX, STRAIT X-TREME HORSE TRAILERS from BRUTON TRAILERS, TWISTER SADDLES from TRACTOR SUPPLY, half of the $174,600 cash payoff and more.
“This roping changes lives,” said KEY. “People can work all year and don’t make this kind of money. It’s something I have dreamed about for the 20 plus years I have been coming. Thank you JESUS! Thank you GEORGE!”
Check out more on the events at http://www.gstrc.com/.