What Is Penning?

In Team Penning, teams of three horse and rider combinations use their combined athleticism, woman sortinghorsemanship and general "cowiness" to humanely separate particular cows and herd them into the penning area. Time is of the essence in penning and making this challenging sport even more exciting as the clock ticks. In seconds, the most skilled horses and riders can find their specified cow, separate it from the herd and move it to the penning area without ever touching the animal. Penning and sorting offer participants the opportunity to incorporate all of their working cow horse skills in a fast-paced, fun, team-oriented competition while embracing the roots of the western lifestyle.

What Takes Place During A Penning...

Three riders enter the arena. Thirdy head of cattle are bunched together at the other end of the arena, numbered from 0 to 9, three of each number. The announcer gives a number to the team when the first rider crosses the start line, and the clock is started. The team must cut the three cattle with their number out of the herd and guide them down the arena and herd them into a pen within the allotted time-usually less than ninety seconds. The fastest time with the most cattle wins!.

animated team penning photo