Southwest Team Penning Association And Ranch Sorting
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We are A Non profit organization
All dates and time are subject to change, please check back often!!!
Books will open at 8:00 a.m. the day of the show.
No alcoholic beverages allowed in the barn/arena\Parking lot during SWTPA sanctioned shows!
A penner or sorter wishing to join at a sanctioned show will be given a temporary rating, by the Rating Committee Members present. A number seven (7) rating system will be utilized. The rating committee will have the option to re-rate a participant after watching that person within two (2) events. After three (3) events, the rating is final for the remaining yea
2017 Rating Definitions
Novice (Rating of 1 or 2) – Beginning rider learning to pen, sort, and ride at the same time or a person with some riding experience who is just learning to pen and sort. But has yet to show the consistency required to read cattle or be considered an amateur rider.
Amateur (Rating of 3, 4 or 5) – A good rider with good horsemanship and cattle skills. Places in local shows and sometimes places in regional shows. Can read cattle, is aggressive and will make minor errors that prevent them from consistently placing. Wins with open riders in Open and ProAm class. Limited hauling to National shows.
#3 Rating - A rider considered just below the average Amateur rider. These are experienced penners and/or sorters that have continued to improve and advance within the rating system.
#4 Rating - A rider considered just above the #3 Rating and just below the #5 Rating. Does not consistently win like the #5 rated rider.
#5 Rating - A rider considered above the average Amateur who excels within the Amateur rating. Above average horsemanship and cattle reading skills. Experienced penners and/or sorters who are competitive in Open and/or ProAm class.
Open (Rating of 6 or 7) – Experienced riders with professional ability or professional horseman whose abilities are superior to the Novice and Amateur riders. Exceptional riders with exceptional cattle skills, who excel within penning and/or sorting.
#6 Rating - An experienced rider, penner and/or sorter, who places consistently in local or regional shows or occasionally on a national level.
#7 Rating - An exceptional rider with exceptional cattle skills. Pen/Sorts professionally, or has the ability to do so, and is, or can be, extremely successful at the regional and national level.
Youth – (Rating Y) – Youth member 16 years of age as of January 1st of the penning/sorting year.