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2016 Schedule

Saturday, Feb 27th Classes:
Open - $35/Rider 60% Payback
Amateur - $30/Rider 60% Payback
Pro-Am - $30/Rider 60 Payback

Sunday, Feb 28th Classes:
Novice $25/Rider 60% Payback
Green Novice-$20/Rider 50% Payback
Youth - $10/Rider 90% Payback


**Each day starts at 10am


To Sign up: 

email or call 360.943.4470. 

Sign up by February 21st to guarantee a spot. 


Pre-registration is Not required, however, a head count does assist preparing enough herds. 


Sign-ups welcome the day of event.

2016 Details

Arena Fee:  $10/Rider

Green Novice – introductory level, novice riders on novice horses and who have never won 3 checks or over $250 in any sorting or penning competition.  Youth Riders – 17 & Under, helmet required.

Points for saddle:  Total # of cattle in clean runs in your rated and Pro-Am Classes only – saddle awarded to the one rider with the highest overall  points earned.

Must ride in rated class to ride in Pro-Am.


Four Run Limit per person per class – one rider change per run.   With the exception of Youth and Green Novice: SIX run limit, one rider change per run still in effect.

Class time limits:  Open, Am, Nov – 60 sec
Green Nov – 75 sec, Youth – 90 seconds
2 Run Average (top 50% of teams qualify for 2nd run, must have cattle sorted in 1st go for call back)

Must ride under 2016 highest local club rating.

Promoter reserves the right to limit teams and/or adjust time limit due to cattle availability.

"Battle for the Saddle"

Roger Musgrove Memorial

Sorting Event



On Feburary 27th and 28th 2016, Flying M Stables, LLC in Olympia, Washington is hosting a wonderful western equestrian event titled the “Battle for the Saddle” Roger Musgrove Memorial Ranch Sorting Jackpot. This will be an exciting competition with great prizes to be won by the fastest ranch sorters. This fun, family-friendly event is a tribute to the founder of Flying M Stables, Roger Musgrove, who passed away in February, 2011.


In addition to developing the Flying M Stables equestrian complex, Roger contributed greatly to the Western Washington community. He was a riding member of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Posse for more than 30 years. He was an avid sponsor of various youth programs, including 4-H and High School Equestrian Drill Teams, and was known for supporting many area businesses.


Roger was largely responsible for bringing the sport of Team Penning to Thurston County. Long before the sport became well-known, Roger began producing weekly practices at the equestrian complex he built at Flying M Stables. As more and more riders attended, he held jackpots, in which the fastest times for penning cattle won cash and prizes. Some jackpot nights, 200 pickup trucks pulling horse trailers would line up on Musgrove Drive, waiting to find a parking spot.


Many years later, when the sport of Ranch Sorting grew in popularity in Western Washington, Roger added that to his weekly events calendar. Roger believed in supporting all arenas around Washington by travelling to other cattle events, bringing riding partners with him, and doing his best to spread the word about what each arena had to offer to horse men and women.


The purpose of the “Battle for the Saddle” Roger Musgrove Memorial event is to pay tribute to a great cowboy by spending the day the way he spent many of his happiest days: a day full of fun, engaged in friendly competition, winning money and prizes and visiting with friends, family and fellow horse lovers.


Several weeks following Roger’s passing in 2011, Shannon and Sandie Pearson, Roger’s son-in-law and daughter who are the current owners/managers of Flying M Stables, hosted a Ranch Sorting Memorial practice. With little more than word-of-mouth advertising, 80 riders showed up and participated, with many more non-participants lending their support and sharing memories.


This February, entrants in the Open, Amateur and Novice classes will share a 60 percent payback of entry fees plus added money. Last year over $5000.00 in cash and prizes were awarded to participants. The grand prize is a beautiful Teskey Roping saddle, valued at $1,650, which will be awarded to the top sorter.



2016 Sponsors


TLC Extras – Olympia – 360.352.5681
Back to Basics Horsemanship –,
Taylor Mountain Ranch – Suzanne Westcott
Kim Cain Photography -
Les Schwab Tire Center, Tumwater – 360.943.8813
ELENBAAS Feed - Jeff Sirrine
Western Farm Supply – 360.264.3333
Lonestar Salon –
Olympic Trailer & Truck Accessories -
Kipert’s Korner Feed –
The Olympia Furniture Co. -
Van Dorm Realty – Diane Pust
Les Schwab – Yelm,
Lucky Eagle Casino,
Tack Room Too -
Mike’s Horseshoeing and Trim – 360.273.8735
West Coast K9 Center  -
Trendz Salon & Day Spa - Montesano-360-249-5600
A Hill of Beans Espresso -
Chehalis Livestock Market - 360.748.3191
Thurston County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol
Washington State Livestock Coalition -
Quiznos Subs – Yelm,
Tenino Market Fresh,

Mortage One NorthWest- Nita Cook

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