Penning competitors at the Macksville Showground.
Penning competitors at the Macksville Showground. Contributed

Cool brings out the beasts

COMPETITORS at the latest Mid North Coast Team Penning Association meeting at Macksville Showground waited until the cool of the evening for best conditions for man, woman and beast.

With the start held off until 5.30pm, 24 dedicated (and crazy) riders – and the cattle – enjoyed a top class event.

“We had an excellent turn out for the Youth class with some new faces, which was great to see, and they all put in a big effort,” publicist Phil Grace revealed.

“Congratulations to Mitchell Goodman and Tom Donnelly who featured in the first and second place-getting teams in the Youth class.

“They won place with Hannah Donnelly and second place with Bernadette Turnbull.

“The cattle were giving the youth the run around a bit and only these two teams put a score on the board, so no third place was awarded.

“I suggest the youngsters keep trying and aim on penning them next time.”

There were great results in Class 13 and Opens with all place-getting teams penning the maximum three cattle.

“Open class was outstanding with all teams timing less than one minute and only seven seconds separated first from third,” Grace said.

“Star performances came from Burt Pinkston, Brock Hamilton, Luke Watson and of course, the Turnbull family saw plenty of ribbons go their way.

“Congratulations to all riders and it was also great to see some new spectators along for a look.

“They did a lot of cheering, clapping and smiling.”

Weather permitting, the next competition day will be Saturday, February 19, at Macksville Showground on Rodeo Drive.

Grace advised a 3pm sign-on is planned, leading into the 4pm start.

“We welcome all riders and spectators who support the club’s fundraising efforts,” he said.

“The Association relies on their assistance to cover the running costs of the club but we would like to raise some extra money over the next few months for fellow horse associations recently affected by floods and cyclones.

“The committee would like to help organisations such as Riding for the Disabled in Queensland and Victoria to get back up and running, so dig deep and help us raise extra funds at the next penning.”

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