Jason Dooley, Cindy Henderson, Lonnie Henderson, Dawn Barwick, Rosie Dooley


WATPA are extremely fortunate to have had our NSW fellow Ranch Sorters come and run a couple of clinics and competitions at our event 31/1-2/2/20 it was a fantastic weekend with all attendees having a load of fun and learning the joy of ranch sorting. We thank these beautiful people for coming across the country and sharing their knowledge and skills.

Western Heritage Sorting – rules:
This class is used to fine tune the cattle reading and handling skills of the contestant and also to attract a whole new population of contestants who may be intimidated by the speed of competition in many of our events. Those who excel in slow and quiet cattle management will now have a game to be very competitive in. In this class, all standard Cinch RSNC will remain, with the addition of two new ones.
a)  Limited to a trot or walk by the sorter:
Loping after one stride by the sorter will result in a no time. The gate person can go at any speed to defend the gate as a defensive move however they cannot lope toward or into the herd to sort cattle.
b) Verbal noise, by either contestant, intended to influence the cattle is prohibited. Shouting by either rider to intimidate the cattle will result in a no time however, non-verbal noises such as whistling, clucking, slapping chaps, etc… are all common practices among cattlemen and are allowed. Artificial whistles are not allowed.


The West Australian Team Penners Association Inc promotes the sport of Team Penning and Ranch Sorting which encourages the mixing of all age groups, abilities and skill levels within a fun, social, yet competitive atmosphere.  WATPA was born in West Australia in August 2009 and continues to grow with the addition of Ranch Sorting as an event in 2018. Our emphasis is family fun, playing with our horses and cattle in a controlled environment. This would have to be the cheapest horse sport the whole family can enjoy.

We run an event every other month at Chittering – Valley Views Equestrian. Everyone is welcome – it’s a great spectator sport and watching is free. Our membership season runs from the 1st December through to the 30th November. So get your membership in and start having some fun!

Peel Ranch Sorting & Penning run alternate months at Ravenswood Arena, we will be promoting their events aswell, please check their FB page and webpage: Peel Ranch Sorting & Penning

Next Events


1st August 2020 – Chittering

CLUB DAY 9am-12noon

CLUB DAY 1pm-4pm

29/30 August 2020 – Chittering

details to come – Team Penning & Ranch Sorting Competition weekend


Contact us

President: Cathy Neale
Ph: 0417 978 806

Secretary: Jackie Turnor
Ph: 0499 013 829

Treasurer: Sally Williams (Membership Enquiries)
Ph: 0408 957 729

Event information - please contact Sally Williams 0408 957 729