Debbie Myslicki of Calgary shows her winning form cutting a steer out of the herd Monday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Myslicki, Ron Vogel of Strathmore, Alta., and Denise Guzowski of Millarville, Alta., won the Calgary Stampede’s 7 Class Team Cattle Penning competition. photo credit: Calgary Stampede
Ron Vogel with teammates Denise Guzowski of Millarville, Alta., and Debbie Myslicki of Calgary won the Class 7 Team Penning competition at the Saddledome. The trio’s victory was worth $15,621. Their winning aggregate time over 12 head of cattle was 139.5 seconds.
A race against the clock, Team Cattle Penning gives a team of three riders on horseback 60 seconds to separate three specifically identified cattle from a herd of 30 and direct them into a 16-foot-by-24-foot pen at the opposite end of the arena.
“It’s communication. We do lots of yelling at and to each other, and that’s paramount in this sport,” said Guzowski, who had previously won a Stampede buckle in 2008. “You need to do that.”
In all, the Stampede handed out more than $225,000 in prize money this year in four Team Cattle Penning divisions, attracting a total of 481 teams from across the Western half of North America.