Ranch cutting, sorting and team penning

Team Penning, Ranch Sorting, and Cutting

Test your ranching skills

Several contests have emerged from practices performed on the cattle ranch. The arenas described here focus on these common ranching skills. These include team penning, ranch sorting, and cutting horse events. Each of these events require specific arena designs.  Depending on your plans you may also require penning to hold your stock.

 

Click on the green circle in the top right corner to see samples of arenas for team penning, ranch sorting and cutting horse events.

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Team Penning Arena - Sample 01

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Team Penning, Ranch Sorting, and Cutting

Team Penning Arenas

Team Penning tasks three riders with cutting out three specific cattle from a group of thirty head and driving them down the arena away from the herd and guiding them into a 16′ x 24′ pen. This is a fast paced event that requires coordination between riders and their horses.

Click on the green circle in the top left corner to see more samples.

Team Penning Links:

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Ranch Sorting Sample - 01

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Ranch Sorting Sample - 02

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Ranch Sorting Sample - 03

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Ranch Sorting Sample - 04

Team Penning, Ranch Sorting, and Cutting

Ranch Sorting Arenas

Like team penning the origin of ranch sorting began on the ranch. This challenge tests a rider, or team of riders, ability to seperate and move cattle from one pen to another in a specific order.

The size and scope of the arena design depends on the use of the facility. Practice pens do no likely require holding pens for the stock. Additionally the size and shape of these pens may vary.

For competition the pens  are normally 60′ in diameter. the opening between the pen may also vary with the opening being larger with more riders on a team. The normal opening for a two man team is 12′ wide. Some participants prefer round pens while others  prefer pens with chamfered corners (like a stop sign).

For more information on ranch sorting contact your team penning assosciation.

 

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Cutting Pen - Sample 01

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Cutting Pen - Sample 02

Team Penning, Ranch Sorting, and Cutting

Cutting Arenas

Like team penning and ranch sorting, cutting focusses on skills utilized on the ranch. This event focuses not on time but on technique.

The horse and rider select a steer or heifer out of a small group and seperates it from the herd. The rider then loosens the reins and the horse takes over. This event celebrates the talents of the horse as it works to keep the steer or heifer away from the herd without the guidance of the rider.

Cutting is often performed at one end of an existing arena. The cutting pens shown here are typical of a practice pen. Some riders prefer square corners over curved corners as livestock tend to follow the fence line in a pen with curved corners.

Cutting Horse Links