Bethany Gibson, Grace McLauchlan and Latisha Murphy at the team penning at the weekend.
Bethany Gibson, Grace McLauchlan and Latisha Murphy at the team penning at the weekend. Gerard Walsh

Group holds first event

GRACE McLauchlan and Joe McMahon were part of 144 teams that competed in yesterday's Southern Downs Team Penning competition at the Warwick Showgrounds.

While both compete in campdrafting and team penning, each has a favourite event.

Grace said she loved team penning because it was fun to be chasing a beast on her horse.

"I have done campdrafting and like team penning better," Grace said.

"Campdrafting is harder but you get more help from your teammates in team penning."

Yesterday, they penned one of the three cattle allocated to them.

In team penning, riders are allowed to be part of multiple teams of three.

In one of her runs yesterday, Grace's team had one head in the yard but not far enough for a time, and then in another round had too many cattle in the yard at the end of the arena.

In the sport, teams are allocated three head with a certain number on their backs, and the aim is to pen the three at the far end of the arena. If they allow six cattle past halfway, they are eliminated.

Joe said team penning was fun but he preferred campdrafting.

He competed at the weekend on eight-year-old mare Milly, after being in the prizemoney at last year's campdraft at Allora.

The event was the first for the newly-formed Southern Downs Team Penning group, which already has 40 members.

Yesterday there were 109 open teams and 35 junior teams.


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