More than $10,000 in prize money was distributed at the ag grounds in Stettler over the weekend, when cattle penning teams coming from all over Alberta competed to prove their equine skills at the first big event of the season.
About 170 teams took part on each day of the competition on Saturday and Sunday, with cowgirls matching or even surpassing the number of cowboys in team composition.
Some cowgirls taking part in the competition were as young as 10 years old.
In the open category event on Saturday, the team of Harold Bayes, jeff Diegel and Ellwood Sawby came on top by penning six heads in a time of 71.35 seconds, followed by the team of Jody Jensen, Jonathan Peters and Delaine Torris penning six heads in a time of 74.35 seconds.
In the junior youth category event, which also took place on Sunday, the team of Brady Jensen, Charlene Bayes and Jarek Kubik penned six heads in 113.36 seconds to become the champions while Jody Jensen, Brayden Oblak and Josh Kubik came second by penning four heads in 146.16 seconds.
During Sunday’s open event, Trevor Marcinek, Pat Bolin and Larry Cressman won the championship by penning six heads in 70.58 seconds. They were followed by the team of Jody Jensen, Lydia Webster and Steve Webster who penned six heads in 75.21 seconds.