Ranch Sorting is rapidly becoming the #1 Equine Family Sport as an event the entire family can participate in. Ranch Sorting is a timed event that consists of one, two or three riders on a team and eleven head of cattle that are numbered from 0 through 9 with one additional cow left unnumbered. The contest is performed in two 50-60 foot pens with a 12-14 foot opening between them. To start, the cattle are bunched in one 50’-60’ pen. As the riders cross through the opening between the pens, they are given a number and the time begins. Their job is to sort the cattle in numerical order, starting with the assigned number, into the opposite pen. The fastest time on the most head correctly sorted wins. It matches horse and rider skills against eleven very quick and agile cattle. There are several variations that consist of one, two or three
riders on the team and all require sorting the cattle
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History of the Sport
Sorting cow/calf pairs and steers and heifers in ranch corrals are everyday occurrences in the ranching industry. Just like breaking colts became a contest in the rodeo arena, now ranch sorting is emerging off the ranch and into the arenas all across the country. Over the years, the American Quarter Horse Association has observed new events that owners of Quarter Horses have become involved in. When they see value in these events, they introduce them as AQHA point-earning events. It is a proven fact that when this happens, participation and growth in these events rapidly spreads all across the United States. Examples of these are working cow horse in the early 1980’s, team penning in the early 1990’s and versatility ranch horse in 2000.
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