Originally Posted by NicoleS11
I love sorting/penning. I've gotten into it big time in the last couple months and im loving it!
Ive got a practice tonight and tomorrow night then a show on Saturday.
How is it ran in the states? The point system like we do it in Canada?
My trainer was in Denvor at a show a couple weeks ago and he said itís a totally different game down there. He is rated as a 5 in Canada and 3ís in the US where doing better than him.
I ride with the Illinois Ranch Horse Association. At least how our group is run, eveybody is rated a 1, 2, 3, or 4. Everyboyd starts at level 1, and at the end of the year, a comittee decides if which members get to move up to the next level (up to 4, Advanced). There are 3 sorting classes:
- Beginner Sort: There has to be a level 1 rider in the pair
- No. 6 Sort: The pairs level numbers combined cannot equal six or above. (Ex; 3+2=5 is an acceptable pair, 4+3=7 are not.)
- Open Sort: Technically anybody can enter this, but only the level 3 and 4 pairs enter this class.
In sorting, the pairs are scored on how many cows they get out in a 60 second period. If they sort out all 10 cows, then they are judged by the time it took them.