Rules & Animal Welfare

Team Penning Rules and Requirements

  1. A judge will advise the colour as the first competitor crosses the start line.
  2. Time for the run commences when the first of three horses crosses the start line.
  3. Open and Maiden riders have a 1min and 30sec time limit. Youth riders have a 2 minute time limit. Each team will attempt to cut from the mob and pen three head of cattle with the same assigned collar colour. A 30 sec warning bell will be given prior to the end of the run.
  4. A team can call for time only once.
  5. To call for time, 1 rider must stand in the gateway of the pen with a minimum of the horse’s nose to the maximum of the horses shoulder in the gateway and raise his or her hand after some or all of the assigned cattle are penned. The remaining two riders must be on the pen side of the half way mark
  6. A team may call for time with one or two of the assigned cattle penned. However teams penning three head of cattle will place higher than those that pen 1 or 2.
  7. Time cannot be given until the assigned cattle are in the pen and all other cattle are behind the half way line. If time is called prior to the spare cattle being back across the line then no time will be called.
  8. No time will be given if incorrect assigned cattle are in the pen when time is called.
  9. Any more than 5 head across the halfway line will result in disqualification.
  10. A team exhibiting any unnecessary rough handling or rushing at or into the mob at excessive speed may be disqualified at judge’s discretion.
  11. Once the run has commenced, no rider can enter the pen at any time. All removal of cattle must be done so from outside the pen.
  12. At the discretion of the judge a team may be awarded a  re-run if 1 or more head of cattle is deemed unsuitable or escapes the arena.
  13. Competitors will be given 3 calls for their run. If that team is not in the Marshall area by the third call that run maybe forfeited.
  14. Riders must wear a hat, cap or riding helmet into the arena. Riders under the age of 18 must wear an approved riding helmet. Suitable riding pants and footwear must be worn, long sleeve shirts with the sleeves rolled down and the shirt buttons done up.
  15. Hazing cattle with hats, reigns, ropes or whips will be cause for disqualification with no refund of entry fees. Slapping of hands or reign to leg is permitted.
  16. Appeal of the Judges decision must be made prior to leaving the arena.
  17. Use of foul language whilst in the arena will result in disqualification with no entry fee refunded.
  18. OHS /Public liability insurance ruling – Stallions must be ridden and handled by a person over 18yrs of age.
  19. Normal Valley Teampenning dress code apply. However no cap is to be worn at a major championship event.
  20. Alcohol must not be consumed whilst riding on horseback.
  21. Dogs at any Valley Teampenning event must be tied up or on a lead at all times. Committee has the right to have dogs removed if owner is not compliant.
  22. There is to be no bareback riding or doubling on horses at any time.
  23. Any unsportsmanlike conduct by a team or an individual will result in disqualification or disciplinary action. Unsportsmanlike conduct can be defined as abuse of ones’ horse or cattle, use of foul language and disrespect towards judges, officials and other Valley Teampenning members on the ground at any event, intoxication in the arena or other conduct detrimental to Valley Team penning members
  24. .If you are injured at an event and require Medical Assistance, you will need a clearance by a doctor to resume competing with VTP.
  25. If there is dispute of any kind a committee will be formed on the day from the Executive Committee.
  26. If a person/s needs to be reprimanded regarding their actions as a member of Valley Team Penning these procedures will apply.

                    1 A verbal warning, followed up by a written warning.

                   2That person/s will then be required to attend a Committee Meeting and  abide by the decision of the Committee.

                   3 If said person/s membership is suspended or terminated there will be no refund given of said person/s membership.

                  4 In extenuating circumstances VTP Executive Committee reserve the right to overrule these procedures.

       

 

 

Arena Sorting Rules

  1. There will be 8 head of cattle at the end of the arena marked with visible numbers 1 to 8 plus two head as spares total number of cattle 10.
  2. The starting number for the team will be announced when the first rider crosses the foul line.
  3. A team starts with the starting number given by the judge and continues sorting in numerical order. Eg Number called 6 then 7,8,1,2,3,4,5,6.
  4. Cattle are considered sorted when the front leg of the cow crosses the foul line.
  5. If any cattle cross the foul line out of sequence the team will then be judged a No Time.
  6. If cattle that have already been sorted come back across the foul line that team will then be disqualified.
  7. The team continues to sort until time runs out or until the cattle have been sorted.
  8. The time limit is 1min 30sec.
  9. Teams will receive a 30 second warning.
  10. The team must stop sorting if the judge calls No Time.
  11. Teams are judged on number of cattle sorted, not on the time to sort them. If the teams sorts 8 head, then the time will become the determining factor.
  12. It is permissible to stop sorting at any time and hold cattle already sorted until time runs out.
  13. Hazing cattle with hats, reigns, ropes or whips will be cause for disqualification with no refund of entry fees. Slapping of hands or reigns to leg is permitted.
  14. Appeal of decision of the judge must be made prior to leaving the arena.
  15. Use of foul language whilst in the arena will result in disqualification with no entry fee refunded.
  16. OH&S/ Public liability insurance ruling – Stallions must be ridden and handled by a person over 18yrs of age and over.
  17. Normal Valley Teampenning dress codes apply, no caps to be worn at a major championship event.
  18. Alcohol must not be consumed whilst riding on horseback.
  19. Any unsportsmanlike conduct by a team or individual will result in disqualification and/or disciplinary action. This includes:
  • Abuse of ones’ horse or cattle.
  • Use of foul language, disrespect towards judges, officials and other Valley Teampenning members on the ground at any event.
  • Intoxication in the arena or other conduct detrimental to Valley Teampenning.
  1. Dogs at any Valley Teampenning event must be tied up or on a lead at all times. The committee has the right to have the dog removed from the grounds if owner is not compliant.
  2. There is to be no bareback riding or doubling on horses on anytime.
  3. If you are injured at a Valley Teampenning event and require medical assistance, you will need a medical clearance to resume riding.
  4. If there is a dispute of any kind, a committee will be formed on the day from the executive committee to discuss the matter.

 

DOGS AT VTP COMPETITION DAYS
We would just like to remind all members that if you decide to bring a dog(s) to any of our competition days they MUST be kept on a leash or tied AT ALL TIMES. Also any mess your dogs make must be picked up and disposed of. It’s a privilege to be able to bring our dog(s) along but if the leash rule is not adhered to we will be forced to put a blanket ban on all dogs. We appreciate your assistance in this matter and it would be great if you could spread the word to other VTP members.