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 pre-enter the Open 5D Barrel Race, then submit a PBRIP entry form (below) upon arrival.

Schedule of Events

Barrel Race - February 21-22, 2017 | 8:00am | Expo Hall


Feb 22 - Open 5D Barrels
Feb 22 - Adult 4D Incentive
Feb 22 - Senior 4D Incentive
Feb 22 - Youth 4D Barrels
Feb 22 - 8 & Under 4D Incentive
Feb 22 - 9-12 4D Incentive
Feb 22 - 13-15 4D Incentive
Feb 22 - 16-18 4D Incentive
Feb 22 - Open 4D Poles
Feb 22 - Youth 4D Poles
Feb 23 - Open 5D Barrels
Feb 23 - Adult 4D Incentive
Feb 23 - Senior 4D Incentive
Feb 23 - Youth 4D Barrels
Feb 23 - 8 & Under 4D Incentive
Feb 23 - 9-12 4D Incentive
Feb 23 - 13-15 4D Incentive
Feb 23 - 16-18 4D Incentive
Feb 23 - Open 4D Poles
Feb 23 - Youth 4D Poles
Youth Barrels Average
Open Poles Average
PBRIP Average

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