About the Barrel Race

Barrel Racing contestants compete against the clock to run a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels. The horse and rider are allowed a running start and time is recorded by a highly accurate electronic eye. The contestant may begin on the left or the right side; however, the contestant is disqualified if he/she turns incorrectly around a barrel. Touching a barrel is permitted, however knocking over a barrel results in a five second penalty.

A good Barrel Racing horse must possess not only speed and agility, but also a good temperament and a big heart. American Quarter Horses are often favored for this event because of their ability to sprint short distances and turn on a dime. American Paint Horses, Appaloosas, and Pintos are also popular mounts. The majority of contestants in barrel racing are women, but quite a few male competitors have also made their mark in the world of barrel racing.

2017 Barrel Racers can enter the Paint Barrel Racing Incentive Program (PBRIP) sidepot for a chance at an additional jackpot with $500 in added money. Click here for PBRIP rules. Exhibitors must be entered in the Open both days of the Barrel Race to be eligible to enter the PBRIP Jackpot.


Open 5D - Tuesday, February 21
Adult 4D - Tuesday, February 21
Senior 4D - Tuesday, February 21
Youth 4D - Tuesday, February 21
Youth 8 & Under - Tuesday, February 21
Youth 9-12 - Tuesday, February 21
Youth 13-15 - Tuesday, February 21
Youth 16-18 - Tuesday, February 21
Futurity - Tuesday, February 21
Derby - Tuesday, February 21
Open 4D Poles - Tuesday, February 21
Youth 4D Poles - Tuesday, February 21
Open 5D - Wednesday, February 22
Adult 4D - Wednesday, February 22
Senior 4D - Wednesday, February 22
Youth 4D - Wednesday, February 22
Youth 8 & Under - Wednesday, February 22
Youth 9-12 - Wednesday, February 22
Youth 13-15 - Wednesday, February 22
Youth 16-18 - Wednesday, February 22
Futurity - Wednesday, February 22
Derby - Wednesday, February 22
Open 4D Poles - Wednesday, February 22
Youth 4D Poles - Wednesday, February 22
Open 5D Barrels Average
Open 4D Poles Average
PBRIP Average

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