Ever wanted to see how your horse would react to a cow? Interested in learning about sorting, cutting, or team penning but you don't have access to the cattle to do it? Maybe you are already competing in cow events and want to improve your skills. This fall and winter riders from all over the area will have the opportunity to do all these things, as Open Gate Ranch is offering a full slate of clinics involving cow work.
The first clinic of the season was August 25, when Brad Wiest came and taught a group of 10 riders how to sort. The clinic was a lot of fun and enjoyed by all. Even horses that had never seen cows before in their lives had the opportunity to get in the pen with them, and most of them ended up enjoying it. Sorting is a timed event where a team of two riders have to take cows from one pen to another in numerical order. No easy task when you're sitting on a horse!
Wiest is returning October 19 for another sorting clinic. The clinic will start at 11am and run all day. Cost is $100, and must be pre paid and registered before the day of the clinic, as there are a very limited number of spots available. Interested riders should contact Kelcey at 570-640-6477.
Plans are also in the works to have Grady Duncan return for a cutting clinic, and to have a November clinic with Wiest followed by an actual timed sorting.