Team Roping Friday, Oct 5th @ 8:00 pm
Barrel Race & Poles Saturday, Oct 6th @ 1:00 pm
Ranch Sorting Saturday, Oct 6th @ 6:00 pm
Gymkhana Sunday, Oct 7th @ 8:00 am
Ranch sorting, a relative newcomer to cowboy competitions, celebrates traditional skills by requiring modern-day riders to demonstrate their herd control skills and horsemanship as they divide and separate cattle. This is a beginner and family-friendly sport.
At the start of the event, 11 cows-10 of which are numbered 0-9 with one left unmarked-wait in one of two adjoining 50-60 foot round pens. Two riders cross the 12-foot opening between the two pens, starting the time and signaling for the judge to read out the number of the first cow to be cut.
Each cow must enter the second pen in numerical order, followed lastly by the unmarked cow. If any cow or part of a cow crosses the line out of turn, the team is immediately disqualified. It takes strategy, teamwork, and stock knowledge. -Elizabeth Putfark, "Ranch Sorting 101" - AmericanCowboy.com
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RANCH SORTING - Saturday, Oct. 6th @ 7:00 pm
Team Roping requires close cooperation and timing between two highly skilled ropers - a header and a heeler - and their horses. A steer is released out of a shoot and soon after the header takes off in pursuit, with the heeler trailing slightly further behind. The header ropes first, attempting to land his rope around the steer's head or horns. After the header makes his catch, he turns the steer to the left and exposes the steer's hind legs to the heeler. The heeler then attempts to rope both the hind legs. After the cowboys catch the steer, the clock is stopped when there is no slack in their ropes and their horses face one other. The steer is then released and ready for another run.
Returning this year, the Phun Days Arena. Enjoy a western exhibition going on all weekend long, starting Friday evening with Team Roping. On Saturday the barrels are rolling out for an Open Jackpot Barrel Race and Poles competition. Saturday evening watch as riders and horses show off their skills in a Ranch Sorting event. Finally on Sunday, and closing out Phun Days is a Gymkhana.
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BARREL RACE & POLES - Sat., Oct. 6th @ 11:00 am
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Barrel racing, a sport for cowgirls, pairs horse and rider in a race against the clock. Three barrels are set up in a cloverleaf pattern in the arena, and the rider must cleanly negotiate the pattern. The distance between the barrels is about 100 feet.
The rider enters the arena at a gallop and runs toward the first barrel. A rider can choose between starting at the left-most or right-most barrel and turns a complete circle around the barrel. The rider then steers her horse toward barrel two, circles it, and charges toward barrel three. After rounding barrel three, the rider pushes her horse toward the finish line at top speed. The rider who negotiates the cloverleaf pattern in the fasted time without receiving a time penalty for knocking over any barrels wins the competition.
Pole bending is a timed event that features a horse and mounted rider, running a weaving or serpentine path around six poles arranged in a straight line 21 feet apart. This is a timed event and riders are penalized 5 seconds for each pole they knock over. The horse and rider with the fastest time wins the event.
TEAM ROPING - Friday, Oct. 5th @ 5:00 pm
Barrel Race & Pole Bending
In The Phun Days Arena
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Gymkhana is an equestrian event consisting of speed pattern racing and timed games for riders on horses. These events often emphasize children's participation and in most of the western United States, the phrase means "games on horseback." Gymkhana includes timed speed events such as barrel racing, keyhole race, keg race (also known as "down and back"), flag race, and pole bending. All of these events are designed to display precise, controlled actions and tight teamwork between horse and rider at speed, although most gymkhana events offer a variety of classes, allowing riders to compete at the speed level they are most capable of, and comfortable with.
GYMKHANA - Sunday, Oct. 7th @ 8:00 am
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