Barrel Racing

An exciting race against the clock in which exhibitors follow a course consisting of three barrels in a triangular “cloverleaf” pattern. Riders choose to circle either the right or left barrel first, race to the opposite barrel and complete the course after circling the third barrel and racing down the center of the three barrels to stop the timer. Knocking over a barrel carries a five-second penalty. Barrel racing is popular with all ages and all skill levels. It is an excellent entry event for newcomers to competition.

July 15, 2020 | Timed Events , Timed / Speed events
This happy retired racehorse is succeeding as an amateur barrel horse.
June 11, 2020 | News and Publications , Awards and recognition
A good barrel mare, Easy Nights Cash In is also an AQHA Second-Go winner.
May 27, 2020 | News and Publications , Timed / Speed events
Sit in on a clinic with barrel racing legend Jane Melby as she uses a three-step maneuver to reinvent the pocket.
May 26, 2020 | News and Publications , Timed / Speed events
Considering the influence of racehorse blood, is there a need for an architectural adjustment in barrel saddle trees? A saddlemaker, breeder and veterinarian weigh in.
May 25, 2020 | News and Publications , Timed / Speed events
What makes a good barrel horse? Any barrel racing style goes. Top barrel racers describe their unique horses and how to capitalize on individual strengths.

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