FAQ'S for Beginners

How will I be rated?

If you are new to sorting and a reflectively new rider you will be rated as a 1. Unless you have worked cattle, have extensive cutting or roping experience, you will likely be rated a 1.

What classes should I enter as a beginner? 

The best class for a beginner is the Beginner Ranch Hand class. In this class you compete only against other beginners as the beginners stay in the herd and bring the cattle, while the gate person works the gate. Since only beginners are in the herd, this class offers the best opportunity for a beginner to win a check. In fact, all top 10 placings will have a #1 beginner rated rider on their team. 

How do I find people to ride with?

That’s the best part.  You don’t have to. You have the option to draw all of your rides and you will automatically draw other riders.  Each rider is required to have at least one draw in every class they ride in.   For example if a rider finds a partner for 2 rides, they will put down their 2 rides and then automatically receive 1 draw for a total of 3 rides.  If you want all draws, simply sign up all draws. Any combination works, so long as you have 1 draw.  So if there is a 6 ride limit in a class, you can choose 2 and take 1,2,3,or 4 draws. 

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