Southwest Team Penning Association And Ranch Sorting
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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!
2017 SWTPA Rules and Guidelines
Although we may not always agree with the rules or the judges decisions,
Let's work together to respect them !
For the safety and welfare of our MEMBERS, we encourage protective gear
However, appropriate western attire and boots must be worn
Western hat – SWTPA cap or no hat
NO other T-shirts, caps or visors are allowed
No Sleeveless Shirts are allowed
All shirts must be tucked in
No alcoholic beverages allowed in the barn/arena\PArking lot during SWTPA sanctioned shows!
NO Smokeing Allowed in the arena!
No dogs are allowed in the barn/arena during SWTPA sanctioned shows.
No spotting allowed. Any type of spotting will result in a no time. SWTPA reserves the right to ask spectators to leave the premises for spotting. To maintain fair competition for all - this rule will be strictly enforced.
SWTPA of Texas reserves the right to refuse a ride to any person, at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Examples however, not limit to: use of alcohol, drugs, or abusive language.
All rules and guidelines contained within the SWTPA handbook are subject to revision and/or updates and will be available on the website. All announcements at the show supersede anything in previous writing
Under Texas Law (Chapter 87, Civil Practice and Remedies Code). An Equine Professional is NOT liable for any injury to or the death of a participant in Equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of Equine activities.
Any member suing, attempting to sue, or seeking monetary damages for any reason including but not limited to: expense or injury will have their membership revoked and be barred from SWTPA of Texas!!!!!
We are currently working to update our rules and bylaws, once complete and approved by the board the updated rule book will be put up on the site.
Team Penning and Ranch Sorting Rules Below
The mandatory one (1) draw rule applies same as all other Team Penning/Sorting events:
There will be a limit of five (5) rides per division per person. All divisions will have a mandatory one (1) draw ride with the exception* of the #9 mixed sorting division and Youth sorting division.
#9 mixed sorting division has a five (5) pick team limit. This is a pick only sorting division, where there are no draws accepted. Therefore, this will be the exception to the mandatory one (1) draw rule.
Youth Class (age 16 and under as of January 1, 2013) - All draw. Therefore, this will be the exception to the mandatory one (1) draw rule.
If you ride one pick team – you will be put into one mandatory draw team – making two (2) rides total.
If you ride 4 pick teams – you will be put into one mandatory draw team – making your limit of five (5) rides.
If you draw once – this will be considered as your one mandatory draw team – making one (1) ride total. You also have the option to draw in for all 5 rides.
All members of a team must enter on the same entry form and be responsible for their own rides. Each person is responsible for their own entry, regardless of age.
Drawing for positions will be done just prior to the starting of a division. Back-to-back rides may be unavoidable.
The running order of each division will be announced by calling the team member names. That announcement will designate the numerical running order of the competition.
When a team completes their run, it is the responsibility of the team members to group the cattle together for the next team and hold the herd.
What is Team Penning:
Team penning is a western equine sport that is fast-paced and exciting. A team of three riders enter the arena on horseback, have 60 seconds to separate three same-numbered cattle from a herd of 30, and put them into a small pen, at the opposite end of the arena. A run starts once the line judge has dropped his flag, as one of the riders horse nose cross the starting line. At that time, the announcer gives out a randomly drawn number, such as "Your number is 7". 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. At no time can you have more than four cows past the foul line. Teamwork is the key.
What is Ranch Sorting:
Ranch Sorting is a family-oriented, ranch-style, fun equine sport that any level of rider can compete in. A team of two riders enter the sorting pens, to sort 11 head of cattle. Ten of the cattle are numbered 0 through 9, and one of the cattle is unmarked. The two riders are randomly called a number and have exactly 60 seconds to numerically sort the cattle into a nearby round pen, starting with the number called, and without letting the one unmarked cow cross the foul line. For example, a run starts as the horse’s nose crosses the foul line and the judge has dropped the flag. As the flag is dropped a number will be called to start the sorting order. When the number is called, say No. 6, they first will sort the cow with the number 6 on its back to the adjoining round pen followed by the No. 7 cow, then the No. 8 cow, and so on until all are sorted without letting the unmarked cattle cross the foul line.