Don’t miss an evening of excitement and thrills on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Put on your jeans and western boots and join in the fun. Friends of San Pasqual Academy is organizing a Team Penning Event to benefit the 150 foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. Chairpersons for this competition are Rancho Santa Fe residents Bill and Connie McNally. Charger Quentin Jammer is the Honorary Chairperson. Committee members include Lois Jones, Ann Boon, Monica Sheets, Teri Summerhays, Kathy Lathrum, Andrea Reynolds, Heidi Hollen, Karen Ventura, Joanie Spence, Debby Syverson and Joan Scott.
What is team penning? This is a very exciting and fun activity to watch that involves horses, western riders and cows. It is a timed competition, where a team of three riders on horses attempt to put three of the same numbered cows in a pen. The team that does this the fastest, wins! Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it sounds. There are 30 numbered cows in a herd and each team must cut three specific cows that have the same number out of the herd. They must bring these cows down to the other end of the arena and put them in a corral. If more than four cows cross over a designated line, the team is disqualified. Many amusing things happen trying to accomplish this feat!
Cost of a ringside VIP Sponsor box is $1,200, which includes dinner and beverages for six people, a VIP wine reception and a silent auction. There is a limited supply of VIP boxes and they must be purchased in advanced by calling 858-759-3298. General admission tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children, 12 and under.
A “Calcutta” will start at 6 p.m. before the competition begins. This provides the opportunity to purchase a team that one feels will win the competition. The purse is shared by the highest bidder of the team that wins the Team Penning event.
If you would like to ride, sponsor, donate an auction item, or attend this event, please call (858) 759-3298 or visit their website at www.friendsofsanpasqualacademy.org. VIP Sponsor boxes and general admission tickets can be purchased by sending a check for amount of tickets to P.O. Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. General Admission tickets can also be purchased at the Del Mar Fairground’s box office the day of the event.
Auction items are also needed. If you would like to donate items, please contact Karen Ventura at 858-759-3298. Karen Ventura is in charge of the Silent Auction and appreciates any and all items.
Friends of San Pasqual Academy is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that enriches the lives of foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. For further questions regarding this information, please call (858) 759-3298 or visit their website at www.friendsofsanpasqualacademy.org. Donations can also be sent to P.O. Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.