Monday, July 20, 2009

"Teamwork"- based on the horse event Team Penning


Teamwork is a Limited Edition print of 350 that is hand carved and hand printed from linoleum. I was able to draw from my personal experience and passion for this event. Although she looks nothing like me, the rider in the middle is me riding Harley. That is the beauty of art; you can make it what you want it.

To see this print and order it, please visit


I was introduced to the game of team penning about 4 years ago when a friend of mine Larry Q took my new horse Harley to a practice ride up at Double Rock Farm here in Maryland. I knew after the first night I just went and watched that I was going to love the sport. Lucky for me, my horse Harley does too! J

I have had the privilege of taking many photographs of some talented riders penning and even more so to practice penning with them. It is not as easy as you might think, but boy will you have fun trying.



There is more to this game than meets the eye, but the general gist of the game is like this:

In team penning, the idea is to separate three cows with the number called out by the announcer from the rest of the herd and then move them into a pen at the other end of the arena. This is timed event.





Long-sleeved Shirt or T-Shirt

Western Saddle


Saddle Pads

Riding Boots

If you are a novice I recommend a riding helmet



STEP 1--Get a team together. You'll need three riders riding three horses.

STEP 2--Ride a well-trained horse.

STEP 3--Count 30 head of cattle in a herd. Each cow is numbered 0 to 9 on its back. There are three cows of each number.

STEP 4--Start at one end of the arena (usually by the pen area) and ride towards the herd of cows.

STEP 5—All riders must pass the start line (middle of the arena) and the announcer/judge will call out a number, 0 to 9.

STEP 6-- Get all three cows with that number out from the herd and bring them back to the pen within 2 1/2 minutes.

STEP 7--Don't let more than five cows of other numbers cross the start line or your team will be disqualified (unwanted cows are called TRASH cows).

STEP 8-- Realize that if you get any cows in the pen other than those with the called number, you'll have to remove them and send them back to the other side of the start line before time stops.

STEP 9--Receive a time for penning only two cows, but any team penning three cows, even with a slower time, will be ahead of you.

STEP 10--Understand that if your team pens no cows in the allotted time, you'll receive no score.



·      Teamwork is imperative for a successful run.

·      Riders should communicate with each other while riding.

·      Watching an event is very helpful for new riders. But the best way to learn the sport is to attend a clinic for Novice riders.








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