Riders & Ratings

As an event producer, you always have the final say in how a rider will be rated when riding at your events. 

SortArena provides you with objective measuring tools that can help in setting fair and transparent handicap ratings for riders that ride at your shows. 

This same tool can help when a rider unknown to you needs a rating to ride at your show. SortArena may have rider performance info on many riders that have not ridden with you before. This helpful information pops up when you register a rider for a class, but you always control ratings.

SortArena Rider Statistics

SortArena tracks and analyzes rider performance

Show producers all over the US and Canada, using SortArena Event Software, are part of a SortArena producer network. SortArena collects rider performance data from hundreds of events and thousands of riders riding in sorting and penning events. 

Rider performance is based on a few simple objective metrics and a couple of proprietary factors derived from ride data accumulated over many shows, riders, and varied show conditions. 

Each time a rider enters the arena, results are being collected. Will it be a successful run or a “No Time”? If it’s a successful run, what is the speed at which the team can persuade the right cows to go and stay where they need them? How well riders and their partners perform over multiple entries, multiple classes, and multiple shows over time, is used to measure performance. 

Part of a rider’s skill as a penner or sorter includes their ability to create, and be part of, teams that work together for superior results. That skill is also being measured as part of overall performance score. 

It is important to remember that all riders are being measured by the exact same objective metrics so that rider performance can be measured against any other rider. 

As each rider’s performance is updated with each new show results, greater confidence can be given to a rider’s score. And since rider performance changes over time, weighted moving averages are used to value recent performance over older show results. Tracking rider performance in this way provides a trend line that can be mapped on a chart or graph. This trend can be helpful to a rider to see where improvements might be made. Rider stats and rankings can be seen on a rider’s personal Rider Dashboard.

SortArena Rider Rankings

Having an objective measure of riders and a known level of score confidence, all riders can be stacked up against one another and “ranked” according to overall performance scores. This ranking allows riders to see how they stack up as a penner or sorter against all other known penners and sorters. Riders can monitor their ranking over time to see if they are moving up or down in the stack. 

SortArena provides tools for riders and producers to provide the best and richest ride experiences possible. Great ride experiences attract greater participation and interest in these amazing sports, rich in heritage.

Managing Your Riders’ Ratings

As a producer, SortArena provides you with a Producer Dashboard. 

Your Producer Dashboard provides info on show attendance, new riders vs returning riders, total teams, class attendance, and more. Your dashboard provides easy tools to review and set your rider handicap ratings for sorting and for penning for all riders that have ridden with you. This Rider Rating manager will also provide you with a proposed rating for riders based on our rider ranking, scaled to your rating number system.