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Ranch Sorting

Date: Aug 13, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM



Saddleback Ranch


Sponsored by Saddleback Ranch


Superintendent: Don Hayes, Kody May, Doug Wheeler, Tina Decker

Time Limit: 90 seconds.

Settling of Herds: There will be 11 cattle in the arena, 10 with numbers 0-9 and one trash. Fresh herds will be settled for approx. three. Cattle will be settled after each run in the middle or corner of the arena to Judge’s satisfaction. Direction of cattle sorted will be determined by the Judge prior to the start of the first go and will be subject to arena conditions and layout. Each team will alternate direction of cattle sorted in its respective division. (i.e., if the first team sorts east-west then the second team sorts west-east.

Start: Starting number for each team will be drawn when the team, consisting of two riders, is in the arena. Judge will raise flag when cattle are ready. First rider will cross the foul line within 3-4 seconds as soon as the settlers are clear. The judge will drop the flag and the announcer will give the number to start and the team will continue sorting in numerical order (i.e., 7-8-9-0).

Cattle Sorted: Teams are judged on total number of cattle sorted, and on the time.

  • A cow is sorted when the complete cow crosses the start/foul line.
  • If a cow is sorted out of order, it’s a no-time or if any part of the non-numbered cow breaks the start/foul line the team receives a no-time.
  • If any part of the cow crosses back over after it has been sorted, then the team is disqualified and receives a no-time.
  • Each cow will be timed as it is sorted and the clock will be stopped when the 10th cow completely crosses the line. The 10th cow has to be all the way clean. No trash cow (no number) or part of trash cow may be beside the 10th cow when crossing.
  • Cattle in sequence may cross side-to-side as long as the correct numbered cow is a nose ahead.
  • In case of a foul (i.e., cow escapes assuming the cause was not caused by roughing the cattle), the team can ask for a re-ride or accept the number of cattle sorted at the time foul occurred. In case of a mechanical error or foul (i.e., clock not reset), the team has the option of an immediate re-ride or continuing with the appropriate time added onto the clock.
  • Any cow that lays down and stays down interfering with teams ride will result in a re-ride. If a cow lays down and stays down during a run, the team can stop the run place their hands in the air and request a re-ride. If the Judge agrees that the cow was hindering the run, a re-ride may be granted.
  • Any unnecessary roughness to cattle or horses or unsportsmanlike conduct may result in disqualification. Running cattle into fence, any excessive use of a whip, rope, crop, bat or reins anywhere on the horse will be cause for disqualification.
  • Contact with cattle by using hat, whip or rope will result is disqualification.
  • If a team has a dispute with the run protest must be lodged before the team exits the pen.
  • All decisions by Judge are final.

Commitment to Cattle: Once committed to cattle by the horse breaking the foul line,

the team is responsible for the cattle. It is the responsibility of the team,

before working the cattle, if, in their opinion, there is an injured animal in the herd.

Once the cattle are worked, no excuses are accepted.

Payback: 40% - 50 or less teams & 50% -51 or more teams

** Excludes Youth Class: prizes regardless of the number of teams running.

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