Joel Monckton, Callum Miller and Tracey Madsen won the junior team penning.
Joel Monckton, Callum Miller and Tracey Madsen won the junior team penning. Gerard Walsh

Some Saintly inspiration

JOEL Monckton is making every post a winner on a horse named after Melbourne Cup winner Saintly.

The Warwick Hack and Pony Club member rides a horse born on the day Saintly won the Cup in 1995.

Monckton was part of the junior team which won the club team penning at the weekend, the only one of six winning riders in junior or open to record a second successive win.

Last year, Monckton was part of a separate team and combined with Callum Miller and Tracey Madsen for victory at the weekend.

They penned their three cattle in two minutes flat to win the final.

Monckton said he enjoyed competing in gymkhanas and team penning on Saintly.

Miller plays rugby league and rides bulls as well as competing in team penning.

"I like team penning lots," he said.

Madsen said she was keen on sports that had anything to do with horses.

The senior competition was won by Tenterfield rider Greg Parker who combined with father-and-daughter combination John and Emily Watson.

The trio are the office bearers of the Tenterfield Team Penning Club but only one - Parker - had won before. Emily has recorded a second in team penning at Tenterfield.

John said it was their first time competing in Warwick.

"We are all campdrafters and it is good fun," he said.

"I compete in campdrafting around home but only watch the Warwick Gold Cup."

The Tenterfield team also finished second in open after competing on a different combination of horses.

They won in a time of one minute, eight seconds, and were four seconds slower with their second team.

Event organiser Kev Madsen was full of praise for the support for team penning at the weekend.

"The weather just broke at the right time, we were so lucky," he said.

"The popularity of team penning is always there."

He said 90% of team penners also competed in campdrafting.

"The stock provided for the event were tremendous. Everyone had a great time."

After heavy rain on Thursday night, the rain started again Saturday before clearing just before the 4pm start of competition.

While the arena was a bit sloppy, it was safe for the 100 teams who competed.

Conditions were a lot better than last year when the annual event was held on a wet weekend.


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