Valley Penning Association

Based in the Santa Ynez Valley, the Valley Penning Association (VPA) is an organization consisting of 150+ members that compete in team penning and team sorting during the spring, summer and fall. These two different timed events are working cow horse sports featuring fast-paced action in a friendly and competitive environment.

Teams of three riders begin by cutting out cattle, in a numeric sequence (Team Sorting), or 3 head with the same number (Team Penning), then drive them across a line or into a pen in less than 90 seconds. Riders are challenged to read the cows and keep the herd under control in order to achieve the quickest time to earn either first, second or third place for the day’s event.

Divisions are made up of three different categories, Novice (rookie), Limited (experienced), and Open (advanced).  VPA members consist of individuals, couples, and families that come out to compete – some coming from as far away as San Luis Obispo, Ojai and Canyon Country.  VPA also hosts several clinics and other events which are open to members and non-members alike.

 

For more information about the Valley Penning Association, please contact us at vpareservations@yahoo.com or visit us on Facebook under Valley Penning Association.

 

2014 Officers:

President: Stew Moore*
Vice President: Ellen Levine*
Secretary: Christie Lanning*
Treasurer: Marla Sprowl*

2014 Committee Chairs:

Arena: Brian Klejeski*
Social: Katrin Grienitz & Linda Saarloos*
Database: Ellen Levine*
Email and Website: Ellen Levine*
Membership: Marla Sprowl*
Newsletter: Lauri Stoneburner*
Officials: Keith Bazzell
Awards: Lauri Stoneburner*
Reservations: Tracy Ward*
Clinics: Guy Hamilton*
Cattle: Brian Klejeski*
Ratings: Brad Price*
Rules: Larry Saarloos*
Director: Chris Henrich*

* INDICATES VPA DIRECTORS

VPA Board meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 7:00pm in the Valley Christian Church Conference Room at 591 Alamo Pintado in Solvang.

All members are welcome to attend the  monthly Board Meetings.  If you plan to attend, please touch base with a board member to confirm date & time.

All 2014 VPA events will be held at the Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Association arena.  For directions to the SYVEA arena please click the link below or visit their website at www.syvea.org.

SYVEA Directions

If you have any questions regarding events, teams, ratings, etc. please email us at vpareservations@yahoo.com.