THE Team Penning Australia national titles are well underway at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) as the competitors eye tomorrow’s finals.
Ten junior teams and thirty opens teams have already qualified for the arena sorting finals, after rounds were held all day Thursday.
Over 170 team penning rounds were held yesterday, with the same number going through their paces again today in a bid to fill one of the thirty open spots and ten junior spots up for grabs.
One junior team sure to be in the mix is the current state title holders from Clarence Valley.
Tom Morgan, Ben Ensby, and Elliot Cooper won the state title in August when their home club hosted the event and are hoping to back it up with a national title this week.
If their first run is anything to go by they should go close, coming fast out of the gate to pen the three cattle in just over one minute, half the allowed time.
The boys have nine rounds over the two days to book a spot in the finals, although with that sort of form they could have a few goes at the title tomorrow as any one team can have several finals spots if they have the fastest qualifying times.
“We are a bit nervous, but just keen to get out there and hope to make the finals,” Ensby said.
The boys have been riding together for a bit over a year after Morgan convinced his friends to have a go at the popular sport.
In their first trip to Tamworth on the team penning circuit, the three high school friends are amazed with the AELEC facility.
“It is the best arena we have been in on the circuit,” Morgan said.
“It will be good to compete out there.”
The last day of rounds will be held today from 9am, with the finals set to get underway on Sunday morning.
Entrance for spectators is free.