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New Horse Sport In Town

web posted February 11, 2014

COUNTY Sorting USA will be holding their first ranch sorting horse show here in Edgefield County at Recoleta Ranch on February 15-16. Sorting is currently the fastest growing equestrian sport for the entire family! Sorting was created to preserve that traditional skill using sets of working cow horses and handlers. It is a timed event that involves speed, precision and strategic planning in order to quickly and accurately cut and pen the cattle.

Ranch sorting requires that two horse/rider teams move a herd of ten cattle in numerical order from one round pen into a separate adjoining pen in sixty seconds or less.

There is a twelve foot opening between the two pens, and also two un-numbered 'trash' cows that are mingled throughout the herd. The numbers do matter - so any cow that crosses the line, either out of order or carrying the wrong number, will result in a 'no time' for the team.

THE SHOW: All ages and all levels of riders are welcome to participate. On Saturday the 15th, the competition will kick off at 10:00 AM with the youth division. Youth class fee is $18. Following the Youth division is Beginner. Beginner includes riders who have or have not sorted with winnings under $500. This class fee is $33.

The last division for Saturday is the All Age 3D. The All Age 3D is an open class that anyone can ride in. The fee per rider is $18 per ride with a 15 ride limit (one mandatory draw). The first round of the 3D will wrap us up for Saturday. Sunday will start out with the Finals of the 3D class from Saturday. After the finals, a Round Robin sort will proceed. In a Round Robin, you ride as a team with all other riders once.

If you want to join the association and accumulate points for year-end awards, there is a $25 membership fee.

All classes have a 50% payback.

There is a dress code: western attire is required which include a long sleeve button up shirt, boots, and jeans. Any type of hat is permitted or you can go without.
There are stalls are available during show weekend. Lessons are available for training.

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