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 or visit us on Facebook under Valley Penning Association.


2016 Officers:

President: Ellen Levine*
Vice President: Bob Mott*
Secretary: Christie Lanning*
Treasurer: Katrin Grienitz*

2016 Committee Chairs:

Arena: Brian Klejeski*
Social: Danielle Holzer
Database: Kim Taylor*
Email and Website: Ellen Levine*
Membership: Katrin Grienitz*
Newsletter: Ellen Levine*
Officials: Chloe Silvia & Joy Whitefoot & Sheri Mathews
Awards: Lauri Stoneburner* & Diana Stetson
Reservations: Tracy Ward*
Clinics: Guy Hamilton*
Cattle: Brian Klejeski* & Bob Mott*
Ratings: Brad Price*
Rules: Larry Saarloos* & Diana Stetson
Director: Gordon Statler*


VPA Board meetings are generally held the first Thursday of each month starting at 6:00pm in the Chomp Restaurant Meeting Room at 1693 Mission Drive 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 2017 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

SYVEA Directions

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