Imperial Valley Team Penning Association year end awards



End of the year Imperial Valley Team Penning Association winners L to R: Wally McComish -Reserve Penning Champion, Saranne Wilson – #7 Sorting Reserved Champion, Janet Stills – #7 Sorting Champion, Maurice Benoit – Penning Champion and Combo Saddle Champion. Other winers include #12 Penning Champion – Kathy Mitchell and Reserved Champion – Debi Pellkofer.


BRAWLEY – The Imperial Valley Team Penning Association (IVTPA) held their final event of the season Saturday at K.D. Danch Arena.

The equestrian sport of team penning is getting more popular across the country and IVTPA has a large number of members that compete throughout the cooler months of the year.

Team Penning is also a crowd favorite at the Cattle Call Rodeo.

Participants come from southern California and Arizona. A large group also makes their home in Canada. The Canadians won big this year, with Maurice Benoit taking Penning Champion and Combo Saddle Champion.

IVTPA President Rick Fenley and the rest of the board offered up a feast catered by Junior’s Restaurant from El Centro to celebrate the last event and awards ceremony.

Board Members are: President – Rick Fenley, Vice President – Denny Burch, Secretary – Chandra Burch and Brett Leavitt, board members – Julie Reeves, Mike Burch, Janet Stills, Mikalou Valenzuela and Richard Valenzuela.

K.D Danch Arena is located just south of Brawley and is a recently completed facility that hosts many equestrian events.

Prizes included saddle blankets, belt buckles, and the top prize of a saddle, donated by Arrowhead Applicators.

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