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Rules & Regulations

These rules and regulations are embodied in our by-laws and they are to be followed by all our members.

CATPA operates under CTCPA Rules with additional Club Rules as listed below:

These rules and regulations are embodied in our by-laws and they are to be followed by all our members. (Revised January 2024)

1. Points

  • No points for year-end prizes will be awarded to the open or limited open classes.

  • Each class will receive equal value in payouts &/or prizes for the year end prizes. 

  • Year end prizes are awarded to the champions and reserve champions only.

  • For all classes except the open and limited open, points are tracked for teams and individual riders. There is no separate accumulation of points for the 8 class, they are included in the 10 class.

  • For all classes except the open and the limited open, all teams that made the 1/3 or 1/2 back each receive  10 points. Top ten teams receive bonus points. First would be awarded 10 bonus points, second would be awarded 9 bonus points and so on to the 10th place team which would be awarded 1 bonus point.

  • The individual points are awarded the same as the team points. 10 points are awarded for each rider on a team that makes the ½ or 1/3 back with a bonus of 1 to 10 points for placing in the top ten. Individual points are averaged for each class. For example, a rider on 3 teams in the 10 class that receives 17 points for a team finishing in 4th place, 10 points for a team finishing in 12th place, and 0 points for a team that blew out, would have a total of 27 points. The average of the 3 rides is 9 points, so the rider is awarded 9 points for the 10 class as an individual rider.

  • Year-end prizes will be awarded based on point standings accumulated by teams and individual members from all shows attended. 

  • The number of qualifying shows for the Regional Finals is 6 (six) shows.

  • The youth riders must have entered at least five (5)  shows in order to qualify for the Regional finals.

2. Entries

  • All show entries are entered on-line. All queries or changes will be directed to the web site at

  • Teams must be entered by 7:00 P.M. on the Tuesday prior to the show date

  • All unknowns must be filled by 4:00 pm on the Friday prior to the show sent to If not filled by that time, the team will be scratched. Extenuating circumstances may apply.

  • Only one unknown per team is permissible.

  • Any changes to team members or additional teams added after the cut-off at 7PM on Tuesdays must be emailed to Late entries after the cut-off at 7PM Tuesday will be added to a waitlist and are pending approval. The waitlist will be managed by the board to fully utilize cattle.

  • In all classes, a rider can ride with another rider a maximum of two times.

  • The open/Limited open is one class NOT two separate classes. You can chose to ride up to two times with another rider in either the open OR the limited OR one of each- a maximum of two times total.

  • The 10/8 is one class NOT two separate classes. You can chose to ride with another rider up to two times in either the 10, OR 8, OR one of each. A maximum of two times total.

  • Open Class can be entered a maximum of 8 times. Of these, 4 must be Limited Open entries. The open and limited open class will be run as an open handicap with a half a second off for every number under 21. There will be no year-end points or prizes for the open or limited open class.

  • In the Open and Limited Open  a rider has a total of 8 teams they can enter, however the open class can only be entered a maximum of 4 times, with any remaining teams having to be entered as a limited open team. A rider may enter all 8 teams in the limited open if they wish, or they may enter a combination of open and limited open teams with the maximum being 4 in the open class. (Motion made at the August 23, 2022 Board Meeting).

  • A few examples of combinations that a rider could enter include:

    • 4 Open teams and 4 Limited teams.

    • 0 Open teams and 8 Limited teams

    • 4 Open teams and 0 Limited teams

  • Any other combination of open and limited teams with a maximum of 4 open teams and an overall team count of 8 teams ie)

    • 3 Open teams and 2 Limited teams

    • 2 Open teams and 4 limited teams etc.

  • Please email for any questions if you need further clarification.

  • A rider entering the limited open or the open class will automatically be entered on a draw team in the open class. This team is NOT to be included in the total number of 8 rides allowed and could be the 9th ride for a rider.

  • The Total Limited team rating has to be a maximum of 11.

  • Limited Open teams must be clearly entered as such.

  • The 10 class will have an 8 incentive class included. The total limited team rating for this class must be a maximum of 8. There will be a total of 5 rides within this class. If a rider rides 5 times, at least one ride must be an 8 team and vice versa.

  • Riders can enter a maximum of 4 teams in both the Seven and the Five Class

  • Riders in the Five Class can enter once as a draw team entry.

  • The 2 plus class consists of two riders whose combined ratings do not exceed 2, and a mentor rider rated as a 3 or higher, and is capped at two entries per rider, unless the class exceeds 20 teams, in which case the entry limit will be one team per rider. (Motion made on March 22nd) There may be allowances made for mentor riders to ride more than twice.  It is a draw class and will run both Saturday and Sunday.

  • If the number of teams per day is 300 or more, the show will start at 0700.

3. Entries Fees

  • Entry fees are $50 per rider. Of this, $5 from each rider is  a surcharge and is not added to the payout.

  • Open class entry fees are $60 per rider.  The additional $10 is added directly to the Open Class Payout and is paid out at 100%. Of this $60, $5 from each rider is a surcharge and is not added to the payout.

  • Limited Open class entry fees are $70 per rider. The additional $10 is added directly to the Limited Open class payout and is paid out at 100%. Of this $70, $5 from each rider is a surcharge and is not added to the payout. 

  • The 8 incentive class has an entry fee of $60. The additional $10 will be added directly to the 8-class payout and is paid out at 100%. Of this $60, $5 from each rider is a surcharge and is not added to the payout.

  • Each rider is responsible for his own entry fees.

  • There will be a 20% of the total cheque amount charged for an NSF cheque. This  fee is payable before being allowed to compete again.

  • The entry fee for the 2-plus class is $35 for the lower-rated riders and $10 for the mentor rider.

  • The entry fee for all youth riders is $25 per ride.

  • An additional 20% will be added to entry fees not paid in full by 1200 hours (noon) on Sunday.

  • Once entered in epenner, only one change per rider is free. Any additional changes are charged at $10 each to the rider making the change and this fee is added to the rider's invoice. 

4. Payouts

  • Payouts for all sanctioned classes are as per the CATPA payout schedule and will be posted at the shows.

  • The payout for the 2 plus class is 60% and all 3 riders receive equal payout.

  • The team with the fastest time in the first go of each of the sanctioned classes will receive their entry fee back.

5. Memberships

  • Members from other Associations can pay a $35 fee to ride CATPA for one two-day show; otherwise a full membership is required. The volunteer levy will be waived for these individuals.

  • A volunteer levy will not be applied to those members who are able and willing to assist in helping our shows run smoothly. There are many duties to choose from before, during, and after the shows. For those who cannot commit to volunteering, CATPA requests $100 with your membership.

  •  Members are asked to track their own participation for volunteering. 

  • All riders entering the arena must be CATPA members  or weekend members to initiate insurance. This requires the completion of the applicable documents.

  • Your CTCPA rating card must be evident while riding. 

6. Order of Go

  • Order of go is as follows: Open, 10, Youth classes, 2 plus, 7 first go, 5 first go, 7 second go and top ten, 5 second go and top ten

  • Number of goes per class will be 1/2 back for all classes if under 70 entries.

  • If the entries are 70 or above, it will be reduced to 1/3 back.

  • The Open, 10, 7, and 5 Classes will also have a top 10.

  • Time allowed for Open, 10 and 7  Classes is 60 seconds.

  • Time allowed for 5 , 2 plus and Youth Classes is 75 seconds.

  • There will be a progressive clock for all first rounds of all classes.

7. Miscellaneous

  • In the event that inclement weather should force the cancellation of a show, the Directors shall make every effort to have a cancellation decision by Friday noon prior to the show. And that decision will be posted on the website at that time.

  • While a CATPA show is in progress, the consumption of alcohol is discouraged  in the facility where the penning is being held and within 25 Meters of the arena.  CATPA is responsible to have this posted at the facility as per the AGM Oct. 25, 2012.

  • All herds of fresh cattle must be run through the pen before being used for the first time. This would include all cattle herds regardless of when they have been previously settled. 

  • The Rating Chairperson may assign the rating of novice to a youth rider for a maximum of 6 shows. This rider is then rated as a “no number” as long as they remain riding in the 5 class. Once the novice rider rides in a class other than the 5, the rider then automatically becomes a number “1” rated rider. (CTCPA)

  • A rider must ride 3 times in a show for that show to become a qualifying show for the “Canadian Nationals”. (CTCPA)

  • Riders 17 years of age or younger are required to wear a helmet. 

CTCPA show rules and regulations apply.

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