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Congratulations to 10th grade student Wyatt Meade who was named Senior Youth Top 10 Qualifier by the Ranch Sorting Team Penning Association.

Ranch sorting is a western-style equestrian sport that evolved from the common ranch work of separating cattle into pens for branding, doctoring, or transport. Ranch Sorting is an event that pits a team of two riders on horseback against the clock.

Wyatt, whose been involved with the sport for two years, competed most recently at a Finals event in Ohio earlier this month.

“I work for my boss at Railroad Auto in Norwich. I worked cows with him and one day he said here, try this out,” Meade said.

His brother, Josh, who graduated last year, also competed and helped get him interested.

“It’s really fun. The people there are nice,” Wyatt said. “They all know us.”

Wyatt said the events he competes in are a natural fit for him due to his experience living on a working dairy farm. Wyatt said competing has some great benefits.

“It helps me focus. You have to concentrate when you are riding,” Wyatt said.