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Father, Daughter Post Wins at Cattle Sorting Event

By Anne Waits
web posted August 6, 2014

EDGEFIELD Chris Locklair, of Edgefield, had what he calls "a possible once in a lifetime moment" the weekend of July 24-27. He and his daughter Lauren, 10, both won in cattle sorting competitions at Braxton Training Center in Edgefield. Lauren won as youth sorter while he (Chris) won as high money sorter. They won nice matching belt buckles.

"I thought it was pretty neat," said Locklair. "My daughter and I are close. We/ve been through a lot together getting horses ready for shows. She has been riding since she was old enough to sit in a saddle."

Locklair said team or ranch sorting is rapidly becoming America's fastest growing equine family sport. It involves the movement of cattle on horseback by rider teams and was created to preserve that tradition skill using sets of working cow horses and handlers. It is a timed event.

"It is a sport that the average person can do," he said. "If someone has a nice horse with 'horse sense,' he can learn how to do it."

He said besides the fact that he and his daughter both won at the same time, he likes that they kept it local.

"I mean, they have people coming from North Carolina, Tennessee, all over," he said. "But we kept it right here in Edgefield County. That's something to be proud of."
Locklair and his daughter have been sorting for about a year now. Events are held about once a month.

Eddie Braxton of Braxton Training Center on Recoleta Ranch, about six miles west of Edgefield, said the sport involves speed, precision and strategic planning. Membership is required to compete and collect winnings.

"We've been here about five years," he said. "We're in the cattle business, so the two go hand in hand."

Braxton Training Center offers cutting and ranch horse training and sales; ranch sorting clinics; and private lessons.It is also a venue for cutting and sorting competitions.

Lauren, who is a student at W.E. Parker Elementary School, said her family has always had horses and it was just natural that she started riding. She loves her horse,"Cowgirl." "I'm real proud to have won," she said. "There were five entries in my division. I also like doing things with my dad. It's a lot of fun."

For more information on ranch sorting or the training canter, go to http://www.sorting.usa.com or http://www.braxtontrainingcenter.com.





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