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.
Schedule of Events
Barrel Race - February 21-22, 2017 | 8:00am | Expo Hall