Back Again is an event from out west called Team Penning. It originated in California, on their vast cattle ranches, as away of sorting out the top cowboy.
Team penning is a western equestrian sport that evolved from the common ranch work of separating cattle into pens for branding, doctoring, or transport.
Today it is a fast-paced and exciting event that gives a team of three riders on horseback from 60 to 75 seconds (depending on the class or the sanctioning of the event) to separate three same-numbered cattle from a herd of 30, and put them into a 16' x 24' pen through a 10' opening, at the opposite end of the arena.
The sport features 30 head of cattle, typically yearling beef cattle (mature cows or bulls are not allowed), with numbers affixed to their back, three each of each number 1 through 0. A run starts once the line judge has dropped his flag as the lead rider's horse crosses the foul line. At that time, the announcer gives out a randomly drawn number, such as "Your number is seven". The riders then know that they must cut out the three head of cattle that are wearing the number "7" and push them to the opposite end of the arena, and put them into the pen, and call for time.
Teamwork is the key with all three riders working in harmony to cut out the correct cattle and drive them to the pen while keeping the wrong numbered cattle back.
The history of the sport is thought to date back to 1942 when brothers Ray and Joe Yanez, along with Canadian cowboy Bill Schwindt were sorting steers from a herd of cattle on a Ventura County, California ranch. During a lunch break the trio reportedly came upon the idea of organizing what were routine cowboy chores into a competitive sport, one in which cowboys could showcase their horsemanship.
The sport is widely promoted as the fastest growing western horse sport in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The primary team penning (and its sister discipline, Ranch Sorting), is the United States Team Penning Association (USTPA), headquartered in Ft. Worth, Texas. There are an estimated 93,000 active team penners in North America.
As in every sporting event of today, it’s faster than fast, with teams of horse and riders and their opponents the cows, each trying to out maneuver the other, with speed and agility. The object of Team Penning is for a team of three horses n riders to cut or gather three cows from a heard of 30 cows, then steer the three crazed heard loving animals into a holding pen, with the fastest time of the day.
C & S RANCHES PRESNTS 2013 “ GOSHEN STAMPEDE TEAM PENNING”
JUNE 15TH 9:00am Sharp
Pro Am Sorting # 8
- 1 Go
- Unlimited entries to the first 30 teams
- $20.00 per person
Pro Am Penning #8
- Top 25 teams back in 2nd go
- Top 12 teams back in average
- Limited to first 50 teams
- Limited to 4 entries per person
- $30.00 per person
- **** Points tracked with CRHA
- **** Proper dress attire required
Call ahead entries June 11th from 5pm-9pm.
Missy 203-948-3374- Kacey 203-996-5577
ENTRIES TO BE PAID June 15th 8:00am-8:30am “CASH ONLY”