Our own Zee Sykes was featured and wrote an article recently for American Paint Horse Association Magazine. Zee talks about it ranch sorting at any age, how important practice is and never giving up.
“Ranch sorting has become a huge sport that can be enjoyed by one person or the whole family. Competitors of any age can enjoy the sport—I know one 4-year-old rider, but I got my start a little later; I was more than 60 years old before I started ranch sorting and team penning.
Although I have ridden most of my life, I had never competed. It has taken a lot of commitment and hours in the saddle to make me a real competitor. Many times I was discouraged because I was not getting better, but I never gave up. My partners believed in me and helped me through those hard times. My husband, Jim, has been my biggest supporter but also my biggest critic. He has spent many hours with me and my horse to make us what we are today. By mastering a few basics, you too can improve your competitive ride, whether you’re new to sorting or have been riding and competing for years…”
Read the entire article on the APHA website here.