Team Penning & Rules

What is Team Penning?

Team Penning (also called Team Yarding) evolved from the common job of separating cattle into pens for branding, doctoring or transport. It is one of the fastest growing cattle sports in the US and is also growing quite well here in Australia.

Today, it is an exciting event that provides a team of three riders 2 minutes to cut out three same colour collared cattle from the herd and pen into a yard located at the opposite end of the arena, making sure no more than 5 cattle cross over the half way line at any time.

The herd can range from 18 head to 30 head of cattle and judges ensure that the colours are rotated fairly among the various teams. Team work is the key with all three riders required to work in harmony to cut out the correct cattle and drive them to the pen at the opposite end of the arena while keeping the wrong coloured cattle back. Sounds easy doesn’t it?

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Team Penning Rules

  • A Team consists of 3 riders.
  • The Announcer is to advise the collar colour as the first competitor crosses the starting line.
  • Within a 2 minute limit a team must cut out from the mob and yard 3 head of cattle with the same assigned colour. A 30 second warning bell should be given prior to the end of the run.
  • The starting line will be either in the centre of the arena or can be on the yard side of the centre. All cattle must be behind the starting line before time begins. Time for a run commences when the first of the three horses crosses the starting line.
  • If more than five cattle are across the starting line at any one time, the team will be disqualified.
  • The yard will be located either in the centre or to one side of the arena. The yard to be 4.8 meters x 4.8 meters with a 2.4 meter wing. The yard and the end of the wing to be a minimum of 3.6 meters from the fence line.
  • A team can call for time only once. To call for time one rider must stand in the gateway and raise his/her hand after some, or all of the assigned cattle are yarded. The rider is not allowed to enter the pen past the horses shoulder, nor turn their horse in the pen.
  • A team may call for time with only one or two of the assigned cattle yarded, however, teams yarding 3 cattle will place higher than those yarding 2, and 2 will place higher than those yarding only 1, regardless of time.
  • At no stage are horse and rider permitted to enter the pen to remove any incorrect cattle or when claiming time.
  • Time cannot be given until some or all of the assigned cattle are in the yard and all other cattle are behind the starting line.
  • Fall of horse and/or rider shall not eliminate the team, nor stop time, however, any attempt by a dismounted rider to work the cattle before remounting will result in disqualification. It is up to the discretion of the Team if they would like to stop their run and withdraw. All riders must be mounted to call time.
  • Cattle are to be released from the pen expediently once time has been called.
  • Missing collars or lame / injured cattle should be brought to the judge’s attention, it is then the judge’s discretion to allocate a replacement beast or allow a rerun.
  • A team exhibiting any unnecessary rough handling or riding into the mob at excessive speed, may be disqualified.
  • Cattle must be gathered and settled prior to each run.
  • The number of runs allowed per competitor and number of times a horse may compete in any one event will be determined by the organising committee.
  • It is recommended that there be 30 head of cattle in the arena for most competitions. Local conditions and arena size may dictate a variation to this number.

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President: Cathy Neale
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Secretary: Vanessa Crispe (Membership Enquiries & Entry Enquiries)
Ph: 0497 286 511

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