Great day to be on horseback

DRAFTING: Gina Carpenter was part of the team, along with daughter Hayley Carpenter and Emily Smith, that took out second place in the mixed division of the team penning.
Nanjing Night Net

The weather was kind for the Tenterfield Team Penning Club as enthusiasts gathered at the Tenterfield Showground on Saturday for the club’sbiannual event.

While some clubs take the sport very seriouslywith the national titles to be determined in Glen Innes this weekend, locally it’s more a fun, family day out with lots of laughs as the teams of three riders attempt to impose some order on the cattle involved.

Ms Watson said the cattle were highly uncooperative on the day, presenting a challenge to the riders who had to pen up selected cattle in the team penning, and then ride again in the afternoon to encourage cattle through a gate in numeric order for the arena sorting.

In addition to local club members, riders came along from Inverell, Bangalow and Glen Innes to participate in the event, with the Inverell competitors figuring highly in the results. Due to the unruly cattle, only one team in the adult division –Inverell riders Russell Hamel, Sharon Hall and Virginia McCosker –managed to earn a time result, that being 1:18:57 to pen three head of cattle. (There’s a two-minute cutoff.)

Tenterfield riders, however, starred in the mixed division with the team comprising Laurie Stenzel and sisters Janika and Georgia Hollis taking out first place, penning a single animal in a time of 1:09:44.

Second place honours went to another local team comprising Gina Carpenter and daughter Hayley, along with Emily Smith.

In the adult division of arena sorting, Inverell trio Debbie McCowen, Col Mather and Greg Powell managed to sort all 10 head through the gate in the correct order in a time of 149.07 seconds. The same team also took out second place with one of their slightly-slower runs, again sorting 10 head but in a time of 159.56 seconds.

The Inverell team of John and Beth Cammileri and Russell Hamelalso claimed third place, penning seven head in two minutes even.

Prizes in the mixed division of the arena sorting came a bit closer to home, with Gary Jarret and offspring Abbie and James from Bangalow claiming first place, sorting 10 head in 144.53 seconds. The same Jarret children along with brother Tom took out second place, sorting seven head in two minutes.

The Tenterfield team of Emily Rhodes, Emily Smith and Sarah Watson was awarded third place, sorting five head in their two minutes.

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