Near-perfect penning for Macksville
THE first weekend-long team penning event for 2011 at Macksville Showground went off like clockwork.
Mid North Coast Association spokesperson Phil Grace said the success of last Saturday and Sunday set competitors up for a big season.
“The weather was good, the cattle were good, the horses were good and the team penning was fantastic,” he reported.
“On Saturday afternoon we kicked off with sporting events like flags, bending and barrel racing to warm up before team penning got under way later in the evening.
“Grounds were a little wet around the third barrel which resulted in one unplanned dismount but it was pretty good really, considering the large number of riders in attendance.
“So far in March we’ve had 10 new members sign up and we had a lot of day members checking us out.”
Booming interest in western sport and equestrian events – particularly among youth competitors – has seen an increase in numbers and talent.
Tom Donnelly, Kolby Woods and Mitchell Goodman took top place in youth division, penning two cattle in one minute 28 seconds, beating the time limit by two seconds to put a score on the board.
Stand-out performances for the adults were the class two winners, Jodie Griffiths, Fiona Lockhart and Fiona Grace, penning three head in 49 seconds.
They were followed closely by open class winners Tim Zeck, Alan Denison and Janet Waycott who penned three head in 52 seconds.
Sunday morning dawned on a few shabby campers in serious need of caffeine, before heading off to the ranch sorting category.
Performance of the day was put in by ‘Denison Demolishers’ – Alan Denison and son Dawson – who sorted in number order all 11 cattle within the 90 second limit.
“Our next event is due on Sunday, April 24, at the Macksville Showgrounds,” Grace added.
“Also, mark April 30-May 1 on your calendar for a special fundraising weekend at Willawarrin.”
For more details check the newsletter on www.mnctpa.com and have a look at the photo gallery while there.