Yesterday I told you about the interesting experience we had getting to the ranch sorting event. What I didn’t get around to telling you was what exactly a ranch sorting event is and what we did once we got there. So here you go- part two of the weekend recap.
First of all, here is a quick explanation of what ranch sorting is, as best I can tell.
You have two small rounds pens, with an open gate between them, like this:
Starting out, there are twelve calves in pen A. Ten of the calves are numbered, 0-9.
The goal is to get all of the numbered cows from pen A to pen B, one at a time, in numerical order. A different starting number is chosen every round. So if the judge calls out “THREE”, for example, you and your partner start with cow number 3, then 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0, 1, 2, leaving the two unmarked cows in pen A. If any of the cows go through the gate out of order, it’s called a “no time”, which basically means you were disqualified from that round. Oh, and you only have 60 seconds to get all ten cows to pen B. Yeah, no pressure or anything.
Here’s a video of Mr. B doing it for the first time:
He did really well, especially since he’d never tried it before. They got seven of the ten cows that time.
I didn’t participate this time, but I hope to in the future. I just wanted to see what it was all about this weekend and see how it worked. I took Sally to see how she did with the crowds (and so I would have the option of giving it a go), but I decided against it when I found out partners were randomly chosen. It’s one thing if I had Mr. B or Ryan in there with me, tell me what to do and not hating me if I screwed it up. It’s a whole other thing to be in there with some poor stranger who was stuck with me and my cluelessness. So maybe next time. I have a better idea of what I’m doing now, and I know what skills I need to practice with Sally before we go into the ring.
This weekend, though, I stood on the sidelines with Joey and watched the boys do their thing.
We watched the little cows sneak snacks between rounds,
and admired the hunky cowboys.
We even got to watch Mr. B take Sally for a spin in the last round.
Despite the travel troubles, it was a good day. I’m really looking forward to learning more about it and giving it a try.
Have you tried or learned anything new lately? How did it go?