Absolutely not, we are always happy to have new members at our club, with or without any previous experience. We have lots of seasoned Team Penners that will help you learn the sport as well as many new riders who are continuing to learn.
Being a new or beginner Team Penner comes with many opportunities within our Club. New Team Penners are eligible for a FREE, 1 year membership and reduced ride rates throughout the Season. New Team Penners also have many choices for classes to enter AND the opportunity to be rated as a Novice (See our rules for more details)
The CTCPA has a 7 number rating system as follows:
#7 – A number 7 penner is a top notch penner who has exceptional skills and excels in all areas of penning. Any rider that is rated a # 6 or # 7 by any rating system other than the CTCPA will be designated as a # 7 until rated by the National Rating Committee of the CTCPA.
#6 – A number 6 penner has elite skills, is highly proficient in all areas of penning and is highly competitive.
#5 – This penner is proficient in all areas of penning.
#4 – This penner is above average in most areas of penning.
#3 – This penner is average in most areas of penning.
#2 – This penner is developing his/her skills where they are no longer a beginner yet are not achieving overall average penning skills.
#1 – This penner is well below average in penning skills and is most likely a new rider or a new penner or a penner who needs to develop in most areas of penning. A # 1 penner might also be a former seasoned penner who can no longer be competitive riding above this rating because of age, health or physical ability.
When a new member wants to join LTCPA, they will complete an LTCPA membership application as well as a CTCPA New Member Classification. The member will then be assigned a rating classification by the CTCPA rating committee based on specific CRITERIA, after conferring with the LTCPA Rating Rep.
This is a list of some criteria that should be used when evaluating a penners rating:
No, if you don't have any picked teams, you can enter your name in the Draws and have all your teams drawn for you. You can any class (except the Open Class) and draw into it up to 6 runs in each of the 5, 7 and 10 Class . Also, newly rated #1 riders can enter the 2+1 Class and ride with a #3 or higher rated rider and be mentored throughout the entire run getting lots of coaching and assistance. There are plenty of Classes to choose from for every skill level.
ENTRY FEES FOR THE SEASON:
$30 / ride for 2+1 Class
Jr. Youth Class - Under 12 years of age as of 01Jan.of the current year - Maximum of 2 entries - FREE of charge
Senior Youth Class – 13-16 years old as of 01 Jan of the current year - Maximum of 2 entries - FREE of charge)
For more information on Entry and Membership Fees check out our full list here.
We are encouraging NEW PENNERS by offering a FREE 1st time annual membership and a reduced ride rate for three rides of the day, per show.