Book Pete for your cattle sorting photography. This cattle sorting event was organized by Tough Times Ranch at the Ancaster Fairgrounds in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. The event was well received and resulted into a scale of epic proportions with over 170 runs and even pulling quite a crowd as audience.
Many volunteers helped to make this cattle sorting series possible, but the main organizers were Tough Times Ranch as organizer, Restoration Ranch providing cattle and arena management and Montasola Farms providing technology with Ben VanDerMeer making the announcements.
The majority of horses consisted of quarter horses, of which som barrel horses, cow horses and even some reining horses and paints. To everyone’s surprise, there was one multi-trained bucking horse and even some British Style riders participated on Hunter / Jumper horses.
James Cook won one of the champion titles and is also known from the Ontario Reined Cow Horse Association in Aylmer, Ontario.
In sorting you are provided the starting number between zero and nine, it is then up to the team to move the cows sequencially within 45 seconds. Very few teams got all cows out.
Horses from various disciplines participated in this Western Cattle Sorting event. It was easy to identify the reining horses entering the cow pen with their chin touching their neck.
From beginners to experienced riders, this event attracted one of the most diverse crowd of horses and riders. The Ancaster Fairgrounds’ new arena is fully heated and well lit, this made it feel like Summer in February.
Joe and Sue Fish have a lot of experience as British Style riders with hunter / jumper horses, but this event enabled them to venture out and try Western Style and introduce their horses to cows. They did quite well, considering the horses were not bred or trained as a cowhorse.
Virtually everyone knows Haley Turnell, a household name in the Ontario Canada horse community. During the Summer she also participates with events at the Ontario Reined Cow Horse Association in Aylmer, Ontario, Canada.
Jessica Turnblom has worldwide fame in Guelph Ontario and is considered by some the official ambassador of Guelph. She posts about the best places and restaurants and won a reserve Champion Title at this event.
This event brought many smiles to many faces. There are not too many horse events and shows during the Winter in Ontario, so this gave everyone a chance to get out with their horses in a well lit heated arena, which made it feel like Summer. Many thanks to Tough Times Ranch, Restoration Ranch, Montasola Farms and all volunteers who made this cattle sorting event possible!