At these sortings teams are made by draw. You get four teams with two go's so you sort eight times total. There is a short lunch break between the two go's. I had a huge wait between my first team and my second team so after the lunch break I took advantage of that and snapped some pics.
Of course I put the first three pics out of order! The 1st pic (which I wanted 3rd) is below:
That is young Mark (he's 8) on an awesome little grey Arab sorting with Doug. Doug and his wife Bev own the acreage that hosts the team sorting. Really nice people. Doug's black gelding is Fred. He's 8 and Doug's had him since he was a 2 year old. They have a great bond, nice to see a horse that had been treated so badly find a home and get to live 'the good life'. (He had been very abused before Doug got him and his body has a few marks to show for it :( )
These next two pics were supposed to be at the top of the post! Kimfer's Aunt Jacquie took them at our first team sorting a couple weeks ago. Can you guess who's in these pics?
Yup that's me and Applejack in the big arena warming up. Or trying to... dang it was chilly that day!!! I had on a long sleeve T-shirt, a big fleece hoodie AND my heavier fall jacket. I really wish I had remembered my gloves To make things even chillier, a light misty rain fell for about half an hour part way through the sorting.... brrrr.
Below I believe I was getting him ready to try some bending/flexing. Can't really remember! (this was two weeks ago after all. lol)
BTW I really like how Doug and Bev have the orange snow fence attatched to open rails in the arena and sorting pens. Makes the fence so much more visible for the animals.
Here Connor's locked in on his cow and his horse is giving the 'stink eye' to the one on his left.
Talk about a stacked team! Brenda and Ace. Ace is Holly's husband, they're the ones that told Kimfer and I about sorting. Brenda is Holly's good friend, in fact Brenda & Holly are kinda a slightly older Kimfer & Lisa. Brenda, Holly & Ace are all very good horsemen. Brenda's on Yogi and Ace is on Dude, both awesome horses.
Brenda bringing in her cow while Ace guards a charge on the gate, hope he sees that sneaky #6 on his left while dealing with what's on his right!
Yes he did, here he is moving fast and bringing another one in. Brenda and Ace got all 10 of their cows on both goes.
I partnered with Brenda as well, our first run we were DQ'd (trash got through) :( Our second run we got all 10 in 1:19! (time limit is 1:30)
My best run of the day was with Larry, all 10 in 1:14. Not bad for a rookie!
The arena record is 0:54 flat.
Last night on my way home after dropping off my horse and tack I noticed how gorgeous the moon was. So I pulled over on the shoulder of the highway and snapped a few pics. Here's the best one: