Penners build cattle skills

THE Southern Eyre Team Penners were fortunate enough to host Brook Hazlett for a two-day cattle working clinic on April 8 and 9.

Hazlett is a Legacy of Legends mentor, carrying on the traditions of excellent horsemanship promoted by the legendary Ray Hunt, and successfully competes in both the cutting pen and camp draft arena.

Over the two days, 21 keen horseman and women had the opportunity to learn new skills and hone those that they already have.

Riders were guided through this process and progressed with with the riders learning new skills and practicing them on each other, before hone these skill on a mechanical cow and then onto live cattle on the second day.

It was wonderful to see riders improve their skills and improve their confidence over the course of the clinic.

Riders and horses were grouped according to the experience level, with some riding two sessions and giving their young upcoming horse’s exposure to working with cattle.

All who attended wanted to build their riding skills and expand their knowledge in working cattle.

Southern Eyre Team Penners is a family-orientated club, providing a safe and supportive environment for riders of all ages and levels of experience who might want to try something different.

The sport of team penning is thought to date back to 1942 when three cowboys were sorting steers from a herd of cattle on a ranch in California.

During a lunch break the trio reportedly came upon the idea of organising what were routine cowboy chores into a competitive sport, one in which cowboys could showcase their horsemanship.

Australia has embraced the sport with a number of team penning clubs throughout the country.

The first competition for the season will be April 22 and 23 at the Cummins Arena, starting at 9am on the Saturday.

Team penning is also an exciting spectator sport, so go for a drive and have a look.

Anyone interested in competing or who would like further information about the sport or club, can visit the club’s Facebook page – Southern Eyre Team Penners – for more information.

Southern Eyre Team Penners would like to thank everyone for going along and supporting the clinic. 

Many thanks to president, Nigel ‘Scrub’ O’Brien for organising for Brook Hazlett to come over, and all who assisted to make the weekend such a great success.

Special thanks to Jarrod and Jacqui Phelps for entrusting the club with their cattle for the two days and to Brook Hazlett for taking the time to teach the fundamentals of working cattle, with the skills learnt far reaching the team penning arena.