About the USTPA

The USTPA is the National Governing Body for the sports of Team Penning and Ranch Sorting. As the only international non-profit Association in the sports, the USTPA was formed in 1993 and now proudly represents Team Penners and Ranch Sorters from around the world. As a membership-based organization, the USTPA represents riders off all ages and riding abilities.

Each year, the USTPA hosts a variety of competitions that attract riders from around the globe, in addition to assisting private show owners in producing USTPA events.

The USTPA also functions as an advocate to the working cow horse, promoting its use in our sports and educating the public about the fun, family competitions that the USTPA sanctions throughout the United States each weekend. Through member services, competition regulation, championship production and general promotion of the sports of Team Penning and Ranch Sorting, the USTPA is committed to promoting the western lifestyle.

The purposes of the United States Team Penning Association are to engage those with an affinity for the western lifestyle in the sports of Team Penning and Ranch Sorting and to develop resources and services for the benefit of USTPA members and growth of the sport.
What is Team Penning & Ranch Sorting?

Team Penning and Ranch Sorting are sporting events that involve the movement of cattle on horseback by rider teams. Created to preserve that traditional skill sets of working cow horses and handlers, Penning and Sorting challenge modern riders and mounts to compete in a timed event to identify, move and pen specific cattle from a herd in a limited amount of time. Penning and Sorting are timed events that involve speed, precision and strategic planning in order to quickly and accurately cut and pen the cattle…

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