New Qualifying System is Big Hit with Ropers
San Antonio, TX (March 14, 2011) – The finals for the 29th Annual George Strait Team Roping Classic were held Saturday at the Rose Palace in San Antonio. Forty-two year old David Key from Stephenville, TX and twenty-three year old Jade Corkill from Fallen, Nevada are the new Grand Champions. Fifty teams returned to compete in Saturday’s finals from nearly 500 teams who competed Friday in the preliminaries. This year, founder George Strait made a significant 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 Saturday’s finals. The change resulted in ropers competing against only 49 other ropers versus 100s at a time and an even playing field with the steers in their rotation.