Arena Sorting, what is the event:
Arena Sorting is one of Australia’s fastest growing Equestrian Sports. It is a fun sport whereby a team of 3 riders attempt to draft 10 head of cattle through a gate in numerical order. The cattle are drafted from a herd of 12 cattle in the arena.
The team who manages to get the most cattle through the gate in order, in the fastest time, wins. Teams are limited to a two minute time bracket for each run. The judge calls a start number as the first horse in the team crosses the start line then cattle are sorted in an upwards numerical order from there.
Arena sorting is a great sport for riders of every age and ability. It is also a wonderful event for spectators to enjoy with lots of fun, fast paced action throughout the event.
No previous cattle experience is required for competitors to join in the fun, it is a learn-as-you-go sport full of enjoyment, challenges and growth. Generous prizes are awarded to third place in each age group (Opens, Youths, Juniors).
The fun in the arena is only part of the joy that the event brings, the events are also host to new friendships being formed, campfire yarns and good old fashioned Country mateship throughout the weekend.