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13 September, 2021

Ten years of Team Penning events celebrated at Oakey Showgrounds

The tenth anniversary Team Penning and Arena Sorting saw fierce competition between teams from Rosewood to Chinchilla who competed for first place at the Oakey Showgrounds.

First place in the Team Penning went to the team of Brett Hay, Katria Hay and Phil Davies who blitzed the competition with a time of 47.75 seconds. - Photo, Allyson Gardener

Oakey Show Society president Judy Byers said “sensational weather” as well as a large number of competitors made for a very successful event.

“From the laughter that resonated across the showgrounds both days it was evident that all competitors and patrons were enjoying the weekend event,” Mrs Byers said.

“Team Penning and Arena Sorting are events for all ages and abilities and many of the teams’ members were young riders who had never competed in these events before.”

Mrs Byers said there were 122 runs in total of Team Penning on Saturday with many teams able to pen three head under one minute.

“This led to the ten run Team Penning final on Sunday morning being hotly contested,” she said.

First place went to Brett Hay, Katria Hay and Phil Davies who penned three head in 47.75 seconds.

They were followed by second place winners Tash Hay, Phil Davies and Clinton Hall with a time of 1:21:14 minutes.

Third place went to Brett Hay, Anita Thompson and Tash Hay, three head 1:43:14 minutes.

Fourth place: Berrie Deane, Clinton Hall and Barry Standing, two head in 1:30:21 minutes.

Fifth place: John Pentecost, Di Lowery and Kody Lowery, one head in 1:55:48 minutes.

Sixth place: Brett Hay, Tash Hay and Elle Hay.

Seventh place: Katria Hay, Tash Hay and Clinton Hall.

Eighth place: Katria Hay, Anita Thompson and Tash Hay. 

Ninth place: Brett Hay, Jenn Bradley and Kate Oliver.

Tenth place: Brett Hay, Tash Hay and Jenn Bradley. 

Places six to ten were decided on a count back to the first round as each team had no score in the final.


For the first time in the event’s history, the Oakey Show Society launched an Arena Sorting competition with many of the entrants not competing in this kind of event before.

Mrs Byers said there were 65 runs of Arena Sorting on Sunday.

“Arena Sorting is a three person team event; however, the object is to pen 10 head of cattle in numerical order within the same two minute time limit,” she said.

“The team members are required to maintain their concentration to be successful.”

Run one of the day saw Katria Hay, Brett Hay and Phil Davies pen the ten head in a time of 1:44:57 minutes. 

This first run ended up being the eventual winner of the event.

Second place went to run ten which featured the team of Phil Davies, Kate Oliver and Jenn Bradley with ten head in a time of 1:58:48 minutes.

Mrs Byers said alongside the competition, the Show Society held a camp oven dinner to further celebrate ten years of Team Penning in Oakey.

“The camp oven meal was prepared by committee members Tim Steele, Fred Voll and Leanne Schilf and their helpers,” she said.

“Patrons enjoyed country music by talented local artist Amanda Faulkner.”

Mrs Byers said the dinner also gave her the opportunity to thank the sponsors and supporters who made the Team Penning and Arena Sorting events possible.

She made special mention of Bernborough Hardware and Produce, Riverina Stockfeeds and Wholesale Horsewear House who have been sponsors ever since the first event.

“This year the winning team of both events received an embroidered horse rug from Wholesale Horsewear House,” Mrs Byer said.

“Team Penning winning team members received a voucher of $100 from Bernborough Hardware.

“Riverina Stockfeeds supplied 25 bags of Ultimate Trainer horse feed which was shared among various placings over the two day event.

“John, Kerry, Andrew and Courtney from Lake Lillerie Feedlot have supplied cattle from the very first event, along with Matt and Alice Edwards of Edwards Livestock, New Acland Pastoral Co and Strassburgs Transport in more recent years.

“This event would never have been the success it has been without this continual support.”

“Our judge Barry and his wife Debbie have supported our event from the beginning as well and we thank them for their assistance over ten years and for all the laughs along the way.

“Improvements to the Showgrounds, such as the Arena’s steel fence and sand added to the arena in recent years is as a result of the continued support of Team penning over the past ten years.”

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