OKLAHOMA CITY – Jacksonville resident Grady Underwood and Louis Saggione III of New Boston captured the world championship title in ranch sorting Nov. 9 during the 2015 Lucas Oil American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
According to a release from the American Quarter Horse Association, Underwood showed the American Quarter Horse Lenas RX Ginseng, owned by Sharon Twomey of Carthage. The 2009 bay gelding, sired by Lenas RX and out of Ginsing Jessie, was bred by Bethel Steward of Mansfield.
Saggione showed the American Quarter Horse San Jazzy Lena, owned by Niki Saggione of New Boston. The 2002 sorrel gelding, sired by Dual Jazz and out of Trouble And San, was bred by Kurt Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama, the release noted.
In the ranch sorting class, 58 teams competed for world champion honors and a purse of $63,874.24.
World champions received a prize package that included a custom-designed gold trophy; Montana Silversmiths buckle; specially designed logoed jacket and world champion patch, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear; a WeatherBeeta embroidered blanket; neck wreath; a medallion and 100 pounds of Nutrena feed.
The Lucas Oil AQHA World Show is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines, according to the release.
More than 4,760 entries from the United States, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany and Switzerland are competing for 100 world championships at this year’s event, Nov. 5-21 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, it added.