From Thursday 11th September to Sunday 14th September, Team Penning Australia held their National Titles right here at the Canowindra Show Ground. The highly successful four days were blessed with blue skies and attended by families from all over Australia competing to gain a qualifying run in the finals last Sunday.
On Thursday the Arena Sorting Heat was held, Friday was devoted to Team Penning and Saturday was Team Penning then Arena Sorting with a percentage of the fastest qualifying runs from each day competing in the Sunday Finals. Cowra did well, with Jake Amos, Emily Price and Bianca Amos coming 1st in the Team Penning Opens. The Youth Team Penning and Juniors Team Penning were also won by youths from Cowra. David Wicks, Kelly Wicks and Von Wicks from Tamworth won the Arena Sorting Open with Monique Gillespie, Jake Amos and Daisy Whatman winning the Youths Arena Sorting and Hannah Keen, Kate Price and Laura Price winning the Juniors.
A monster raffle was organised by the Team Penning Australia Committee with 16 prizes donated by local businesses. All money raised went to “Give Me 5 For Kids”, a charity that has been dedicated to helping sick children and their families for almost 20 years.
The top prize was a registered Australian Stock Horse, which was drawn on Saturday Night along with the live draw for Sunday Finals.
The weekend was topped off with music and dancing at the Canowindra Golf Club and highly enjoyed by all who attended. For those who missed out on the action this weekend is the Cutting at the Showground.
By Rhi Quinn