Dubbo Ranch Sorting 2019 finished with the finals at Showground

The Dubbo Ranch Sorting has finished for another year, when the 2019 competition wrapped up over the weekend.

The western-style equestrian sport caters for riders of all abilities from beginner to the seasoned and expert horse person.

It sees riders race against the clock as they separate cattle into pens.

The first ever event was held at the Dubbo Showgrounds in 2016 and has since grown in popularity, both with competitors and spectator numbers during that time.

Over the first two year's three events were held over the 12 months, but in 2018 and again in 2019 organisers decided to add one more competition due to growing popularity.

People travel from across the central west and as far as Sydney, Tamworth and Bourke to compete.

Ranch Sorting Dubbo secretary Cindy Henderson, who also won the women's highest point scorer, said the final competition of 2019 was "fantastic" and that it ran really well.

"It's great that it's getting out there and people are able to come along and just enjoy their horses and have fun," she said.

"With Ranch Sorting yes there's a competitive side but there's also a very good social side."


An array of prizes were on offer, including four saddles, mechanical cow training devices, buckles and saddle pads Dubbo's Ben Lawrence was announced as the male with the highest points.

"We had over 100 teams on the Friday night to get through and 400 (runs) on Saturday which was followed by the end of year presentation," Ms Henderson explained.

The 2020 competition will kick off in February and will most likely include a fourth event.

Ms Henderson said having a fourth event shows there is a desire for it.

"When we first started off we were doing prob 150 runs a day tops, and now we're around 400 a day over a weekend," she said.

Organisers will also be giving away two return airfares to the 2020 world finals Ranch Sorting National Championships in Fort Worth Texas.

The winner will be drawn at the February Dubbo Ranch Sorting.

Ms Henderson thanked all of the Dubbo Ranch Sorting sponsors, especially the major sponsors which includes Metalcorp, GJ Gardner Homes Dubbo, Wazza-a-Cow and Sydney's Mandalong Stud.

If anyone is interested in competing at next year's event or wants to find out more information please contact Ms Henderson on 0438 412 616.