I Team penned back in the day though. In addition to jackpots, we qualified several horses for AQHA world, but never went. Team penning was ruined up here by some crooked guys and the association essentially bankrupted & dissolved.
I will probably always choose cutting over team penning or team sorting. I think penning can be overly stressful for the stock (which makes it harder to rent stock) and there are so many people who blow up great horses by over-using them. Like any of the speed events, the over enthusiastic novice who thinks they know it all can really make a person not want to be there to witness the inevitable wreck.
There are not many reined cow horse or working cow horse events either. Tons of rodeos or ranch rodeos though. They're popular because entry fees are relatively low, alcohol is allowed, and people can share a ride to a close arena.
The show at Red Horse on the 3rd & 4th will be a 700 mile round trip for me, and that is the closest MN show. I don't show much in the ND association because they tend to be more "rustic" with their events.
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