How to Qualify for Finals

To qualify for Alberta Cattlemen’s Finals, each penner must ride in 50% (4 shows in 2024) during the season, each weekend counts as 2 shows, Saturday (1) & Sunday (1).

  1. At the finals, classes are designated for each number:
    • a. Open (#4, #5, #6)
    • b. Ten (#3)
    • c. Eight (#2)
    • d. Five (#1).
  2. There are NO DRAW teams in these classes at Finals!
  3. Each class has a maximum ride limit (4) with the following exceptions:
    • a. Open(5) #10(4) #8(4) #5(4)
    • b. Youth teams are draw teams, the max is 2 teams
  4. To qualify for finals you must ride 50%(4 days) in your designated class, to qualify in an alternate class for day money, you must ride in that class at 2 shows
  5. Youth riders must ride in 3 shows
  6. To qualify in sorting you must ride in 2 shows
  7. Members have an option for a buy-in for finals. Must attend & physically ride 2 days then could buy-in 2 days at $400.00/day. Eligibility contained to the classes the rider physically rode in at the attended shows. Youth riders cannot buy-in to the youth classes.
All prizes will be awarded based on the outcome of the FINALS WEEKEND ONLY.

In each class prizes will be given on an individual basis, based on your CTCPA rating. For this reason, we have designated a class for each number rating in which you must qualify to ride at the finals.

  1. All #1 Penners compete against the #1 riders in the #5 CLASS
  2. All #2 Penners compete against the #2 riders in the #8 CLASS
  3. All #3 Penners compete against the #3 riders in the #10 CLASS
  4. All #4,#5,#6 penners will compete against #4 #5 #6 riders in the Open
  5. A saddle certificate of $2000.00 will be awarded to the high point rider at the finals.Point system takes in all classes except youth & sorting.
  6. Points System
    • a. 1st place=5 points
    • b. 2nd place=4 points
    • c. 3rd place=3 points
    • d. 4th place=2 points
    • e. 5th place=1 point
  1. To compete in the Finals, you must enter the maximum teams for your class. The points system is based on where those teams place after a two-run aggregate time. NOTE: you cannot ride with the same penner 4 times in the same class; this would create a possible tie.
  2. An example of points calculations: If your teams place 1st,3rd,5th, & 10th you will receive 19 points (1+3+5+10=19) The person with the lowest points when all 4 teams (5 teams in the Open) are added up is the champion penner/sorter and so on.
  3. In calculating the placing points, all riders with blow outs will receive the same points (example: If there are 50 teams in the class, then all blow outs receive 50 points).
  4. Champion Buckles will be awarded to the first place teams in the OPEN TEN EIGHT FIVE
  1. All teams will have one run on Saturday and one run on Sunday with the top 10 teams in the open, #10, #8. #5 competing again--the junior and senior youth,the top 5 teams will compete again, Sorting will continue to be completed on Saturday.
  2. All payouts will be awarded at the end of the last day of the Finals.
  3. Any added money will be determined near finals by the Board of Directors.
  4. All Awards and prizes will be presented following the AGM & Banquet.
  1. Points are accumulated through the season; any ties will be broken at FINALS following the Sunday performance.
  2. Excluding sorting, each class will have a Season Leader, open,#10, #8, #5, SR & JR Youth.
  3. Any rating number can compete for season leader in any class (a #1 rider can collect points in the 10
  4. class or a #3 can collect points in the 5 class).
  5. Buckles will be awarded to the Season leader in each class.
  6. Points System
    • 1st place=5 points
    • 2nd place=4 points
    • 3rd place=3 points
    • 4th place=2 points
    • 5th place=1 point
  7. A saddle certificate for $2000.00 will be awarded to the high point season leader overall. Points will be calculated as listed above.
  1. Most Improved Penner is voted on by the Board
    • a. Criteria for Most Improved: This penner must qualify for ACPSA Finals. This penner must show improvement from the beginning of the year throughout the season
  2. Cattleman of the Year is voted on by the Board
    • a. Criteria for Cattlemen of the Year: This is our highest award. Given to the person that embodies what it means to be a Cattlemen’s member. This member puts the interest of the club above any personal interests, willing to mentor/help new riders/youth riders.
  3. If Members have any recommendations for any of the above, please bring your recommendations to a Board Member preferably via email so that there can be record of it. None of these Awards are handed out on a popularity basis, they are earned by the recipient.

All motions made by the board supersede what is on the website.

  1. The criteria in the regulations below are for the Alberta Cattlemen’s Association only.
  2. For General Rules and Regulations on Team Penning, visit or see the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association hand book.
The Alberta Cattlemen’s Penning and Sorting Association adheres to the rules laid out by the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association, as well as a few in house rules tailored to our association.

  1. In the event that a member is forced to medical out of a regular show, that member is required to notify the Executive (President, Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) in written form of the need to medical out due to injury, surgery or illness, a doctor’s note may be required.
  2. The member may be awarded the show to count towards finals qualifications, at the discretion of the Board.
  3. Substitutions for a member that has had to medical out or cancelled out at a regular show, are up to the team members to fill, the sub must be the same or less rated(as not to exceed the max rating number for that class) and cannot be over the max team entries for that class.
  1. In the event that a member is injured at the finals, teammates must find a substitute, the sub must have the same rating or less as the injured rider, starting with members that are not full.
  2. If all members of that rating are full, the exception will be made to allow full members of the same rating to sub on those teams, however, points for substituted rides will not count for the member who was already full in that class
  1. In the event that a show is cancelled due to weather, poor cattle condition, the Board of Director's discretion, or other unforeseeable reasons before entries have closed, it's at the discretion of the Board as to whether members who entered, will be awarded credit for that show towards qualifying for finals.
  2. If the show is cancelled before entries have closed, members may be awarded credit for that show, at the discretion of the board.
  3. In the event that a show is cancelled after entries have closed for that show, members entered will be awarded credit for classes entered towards qualifying for finals.
  4. In the event that a class is cancelled due to inclement weather, poor cattle condition or the Director’s discretion, members entered prior to the cancellation will be credited that class for Finals qualifications.
  1. Finals is a non-sanctioned show, therefore rules on how Alberta Cattlemen’s solves a tie differs from CTCPA rules and are as follows:
    • a. If there is a tie in the placing points, it then goes to cattle penned, then to the accumulative time, then to a ride off.
    • b. The members involved in a tie for either season leader or individual high point must pick an individual that has competed in the class, and has rode with the tied member previously in the class in which the tie occurs to assist in penning 2 head of cows of the number called once penners cross the foul line.
    •     i. Draw for the order of go out of a hat.
    •     ii. The tied member must enter the herd first and be the one to call time by raising their hand, fastest time wins.
    •     iii. If both tied members blow out, it’s a do over.
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