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.

November 29, 2022 | News and Publications , The American Quarter Horse Journal
"Pockets" takes 2021 PRCA tie-down roping world champion Caleb Smidt to the pay window in Round 1 of the 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
November 29, 2022 | News and Publications , The American Quarter Horse Journal
"Goose" is the horsepower behind Scott Snedecor.
November 28, 2022 | News and Publications , The American Quarter Horse Journal
"Baybe" drug Joey Williams away from the ranch, her husband and her kids to hit the rodeo road.
November 06, 2022 | News and Publications , Training
A fast time is what it takes to win a check at a barrel race, but when it comes to training a barrel horse, slow and steady wins.
October 03, 2022 | News and Publications , Timed / Speed events
Problem-solving techniques can help overcome a horse’s competition sourness.

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