**Note Ranch Sorting competition time is now 60 seconds per run**


The West Australian Team Penners Association Inc promotes the sport of Team Penning which encourages the mixing of all age groups, abilities and skill levels within a fun, social, yet competitive atmosphere. The WATPA was born in West Australia in August 2009. 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.

Our inaugural event was in October, 2009 and from that event on we have relied on sponsorships to furnish our prize pool. We are totally grateful to our sponsors and promote and advertise their products whenever we can. Sponsors and donators are given a link on this website and event sponsors are given advertising in the form of banners and announcements at our club events.

We expect to run about 5 to 8 events a year on a monthly basis (with breaks in winter and summer) at whatever venues we can find, North, South or East of Perth. Everyone is welcome – it’s a great spectator sport and watching is free. Our membership season runs from the 1st of September to the 31st of August. So get your membership in and start having some fun!


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Our Events Page has events and map links to venues. Our Forms Tab has the entry forms for Training Days, Team Penning & Ranch Sorting. Please see Ranch Sorting Classes for descriptions of the classes.

CHILDREN:: WATPA is a family friendly club and we encourage families to all join in. Our age group is 8yr and over. We do ask that if you have children that are not competing that there is adult supervision at all times.   As we know this is not always possible if you are the only parent and competing, in these instances we request that the children remain in a designated area. This is for the general safety of minors and other persons.  We don’t encourage wandering around the grounds and if needed we can set a designated are in the spectator section to accommodate for children who must remain within the area until supervision is available
DOGS: Currently dogs are permitted, but some guidelines must be followed or this will cease. All dogs must be well behaved and kept chained/tied/crated at your camp. Once competitions are over, your dog (if social) is permitted at the social/spectator area with you but must be kept on a leash at all times when not at camp and kept away from food preperation area in and around the shed.
HORSES: At no time is a horse to be hard tied while on the property of the Ravenswood Arena. Any horse while in the arena is not to be hard tied to the arena panels and no halters are to be left loose on the ground or hanging loosley while lead is tied to panels and not on a horse.
SMOKING: While WATPA events are not smoke free events, please be mindful if you wish to smoke that you don’t smoke while competing or warming up for the reason if you are captured in a photograph and it goes into social media, we (WATPA) may have difficulty in obtaining any future sponsorship. In addition please be courteous with your cigarette butts and dispose of these correctly.
ENTRIES: Please ensure that you send through your entry forms. Just marking “going” on our facebook events does not count as an entry. TEAM PENNING – via the online form on our website – forms tab. RANCH SORTING – both PDF & WORD doc is available on our website – forms tab.

**Official Launch of Ranch Sorting in Western Australia**

October 2018 – WATPA will have the opportunity for Dave Schaffner from Texas to come and run some ranch sorting training. Dave is the most enthusiastic presenter who has way too much fun, he really enjoys what he does and it shows in the improved abilities of all who attend his clinics.

If you love working cattle then this sport is for you, check out below to see a video of how it’s done. This sport is fun, addictive and the payouts are enough to have you coming back for more.

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 amongst 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?

What is Ranch Sorting?

Ranch Sorting started in the USA years before fences, when cattle grazed freely on the open ranges of America.

Cowboys from surrounding ranches worked together to round up cattle for branding or for sale. Once the cattle were circled in a herd, horsemen from the various ranches would slowly enter into the herd to sort out the desired cattle, and then ease (sort) the selected cow to the outskirts of the herd.

sortingpenToday, this age old tradition has developed into a competitive sport called Ranch Sorting run in two round pens in a figure eight configuration with a four meter opening between the two pens.

Eleven head of cattle (ten are numbered) are placed in one round pen and two contestants sort and move ten head of cattle in numerical order through the ‘gate’ and into the second round pen within the sixty second time limit – the team with the most cattle sorted in the time wins.

The evolution to the figure eight round pen set up is no accident, it allows the event to be run in many varied locations where the cattle are contained, the pace slower, both horses and cattle are easier to control and above all else offers a safe environment for expert and novice alike.

The emphasis is not on how much your horse and gear costs but how much fun you can have doing it! For sure, people will aspire to be more and more competitive and with that dedication will come the better horse and gear but for the people that want an avenue to enjoy their horse and work with cattle, ‘run what ya brung’ – it just has to be maintained and safe!

Just like Team Penning, Ranch Sorting is experiencing exploding growth worldwide. This a great opportunity for horse enthusiasts at all levels, from Novice to Professional, to have a go at this fun family event.

A young competitor in the sorting pen

Next Events

15/16th June 2019 – Pinjarra

Saturday 15th -2 pm start Team Penning

Sunday 16th – 9am start Ranch Sorting


20/21th July 2019 – Chittering

Saturday 25th -2 pm start Team Penning

Sunday 26th – 9am start Ranch Sorting

Contact us

President: Darren Manning
Ph: 0407 478 958

Secretary: Sally Williams
Ph: 0408 957 729

Treasurer: Kylie Gaiger (Membership Enquiries)
Ph: 0439 855 610

Events Co-Ordinator: Lesa Boni (Entry Enquiries)
Ph: 0419 091 561