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post #11 of 19 Old 01-27-2011, 01:13 PM
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The team penning in the rodeos that I have been involved in is all about time. The team with the shortest time wins. If you are unable to pen all of your cattle, you get a time penalty.

Sorting, I think, is pretty much the same deal. It's all about time. If you let the wrong cow through the gate, then you are given a no-time. At least, I think that's right, I've never done competition sorting.

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post #12 of 19 Old 01-27-2011, 01:19 PM
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Ya its about time in Canada to but the classes are usually 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or open and the riders are rated to make up the points needed in the class. Im a 3 and my trainer is a 5 so if we were to go in 2 man sorting we would enter in the 8 class...same for penning just with 3 riders. Then the shortest time wins and your disqualified after 60 seconds. Is that how it works there or just shortest time?
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-27-2011, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by NicoleS11 View Post
I love sorting/penning. Ive 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.
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-27-2011, 08:50 PM
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I think that is awesome! Congrats! I have always wanted to give this a shot, but never really took the time out to learn or try. Back home in B.C, Western is very, very, very popular and very, very, very common and many of the facilities would host Penning comps and weekly Penning gatherings where many would show and practice and compete against one another and such n such.

I have always thoroughly enjoyed watching it! Penning, and Cutting, and Team Roping. It always amazes me how the Heeler gets it on one shot!

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I have always thoroughly enjoyed watching it! Penning, and Cutting, and Team Roping. It always amazes me how the Heeler gets it on one shot!
I was a bit peeved I missed the roping events this time. I went over to the western store on the property, and when I got back, the roping events were all over (Even the peewee goat tying. That is so adorable to watch.)

I'd love to rope but I barely have the coordination to keep my big butt in the saddle , let alone try to catch a calf.
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post #16 of 19 Old 02-06-2011, 09:10 AM
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That is awesome knack!! I remember my first time. I used to ride a gaited horse when I first started penning/sorting about 3 years ago. The guys used to pick on me and laugh at me and such. Then we were running a 2-man sort and got all 10 cows in 17 seconds... they did not pick on him much after that. I was recently given an awesome semi-cutting horse by my lovely bride and almost always get sideways on him when penning/sorting. He is very good at his job and teaching me alot! Alot of people say I need to learn to ride before getting on a horse like that, but I am one who gets into it and does it, and that what makes me learn.
Keep it up!! Penning/sorting is a blast!!!

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post #17 of 19 Old 02-06-2011, 10:02 AM
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Good for you!!! It is soo addicting! I started last year and absolutely LOVE it! So much fun. I also cannot wait for our season to start this spring and get back into it. Keep up the good work :)
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post #18 of 19 Old 02-07-2011, 10:01 AM
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I just got back from another penning this weekend. Didnt do to bad...such a good time!

We are having a 2 day sorting on March 26-27 up here in Canada...if any one can make it you guys should come! There will be around 300+ teams with $5,000 added back...PM me for more details if any one is interested.
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post #19 of 19 Old 02-09-2011, 10:46 PM
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Sorting is awesome! My favorite is guarding the entry, for my barrel horse is very good at it. One of my favorite events! Congrats and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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