Teaming up to pen top-notch cattle

Sharon Keogh in the Southern Downs Team Penning competition.
Sharon Keogh in the Southern Downs Team Penning competition. Gerard Walsh

THE Royal T team from Yangan and Emu Vale were dressed in blue for their battle with three cattle at the Southern Downs Team Penning competition at the Cunningham Recreation Reserve yesterday.

Shirley Dawes said the sport gave all group members a purpose to work their horses, three at a time.

"Everyone has a laugh and a good time," she said.

"There are less rules than campdrafting. It is easy and a good family sport."

The Royal T group, which is sponsored by Eastside Hire, was formed a year ago and enjoyed early success at the Warwick Show. Team members Mal Dawes, Stuart Hoffman and Hamish Hoffman were fifth yesterday.

"We plan to travel to events as far as Glen Innes, Tenterfield and Fernvale," Shirley Dawes said.

The open competition at Bony Mountain started on Saturday with 25 teams.

Mick Diggles, Wilf Chandler and Jim Cooney held the overnight lead with three head yarded in one minute, seven seconds.

They lost their lead early yesterday when Phillipa Demain, George Cameron and Arthur Demain yarded three head in 57 seconds.

Announcer David Maher said the cattle from Rodger's Creek Feedlot, Kev and Di Ryan, Damien and Leonie McMahon and the Hayes family were excellent.

Topics:  cattle

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