Educational Cattle Sorting event set for May 27-28 in Decatur

The first Texas Cinch Ranch Sorting National Championship School and Fun Beginner Sorting Event will be hosted Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 in Decatur. The event will be held at the National Roper's Supply Arena located four miles south of Decatur at 309 County Rd. 4228.

Events kick off at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 27 with Dr. Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist and internationally recognized beef cattle behaviorist, presenting a live demonstration on how to read cattle. B.F. Yeates, a former AgriLife Extension horse specialist and American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer, will show and narrate a documentary film, The Quarter Horse Industry in Texas in 1938. The film features some of the first stock horse shows, races and events in Texas prior to the formation of the American Quarter Horse Association. The cost to attend the May 27 program is $10 at the door.

Sunday, May 28 activities begin at 8:00 a.m. with a cowboy church service. The school will begin at 9:00 a.m. with hands-on skills classes and presentations for both adults and youth on a wide variety of topics. For more event information visit Preregistration can be done online at this site until 4:00 p.m. May 26 for $60. Registration is $75 at the door.

The highlight of the event will be the 6:00 p.m. beginners-novice horse and novice rider-sorting class. It's open to any beginner. Eight buckles will be awarded to the top sorting teams in four divisions. The entry fee is $15 per person, per run with a 50 percent payback in the overall.

For more information, please contact Todd Vineyard at (940) 627-3341 or by email at

Saturday, May 27, 2017 to Sunday, May 28, 2017