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Team Penning began as a demonstration of ranching skills, and quickly became a popular competitive event. Quick horses, determined riders, and a touch of luck are the main components of a winning team in this sport. Cattle are numbered in groups of three, and each team (consisting of three riders) draws a number. The team then has sixty seconds to cut their three designated cattle out of the herd, drive them down the arena, and confine them in a pen.
Team Penning is a fast-paced and exciting event which always draws a large, enthusiastic crowd. Times of the winning teams are often separated only by fractions of a second. It is one of the fastest growing equine sports, attracting professional riders and trainers, as well as weekend enthusiasts.
The United States Team Penning Association (USTPA) hosts the San Antonio Stock Team Penning, which features some of the sport’s best competitors.