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 18, 2024 | News and Publications , Timed / Speed events
This year, AQHA awarded eight top-horse titles to six outstanding equine athletes that stood out among the rest in each event at the College National Finals Rodeo.
May 01, 2024 | , Breeding
See the top 10 leading barrel racing sires for 2023.
March 13, 2024 | , Rodeo
The talented teen Rylee Jo Maryman and her cow-bred American Quarter Horse battle adversity to cash in at The American Rodeo. 
March 11, 2024 | , Rodeo
Meet the big-money American Quarter Horses who lit up Globe Life Field in 2024. 
December 06, 2023 | News and Publications , Rodeo
Fame Fire Rocks delivers college cowgirl to first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

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