The Sport of Barrel Racing

Christina Horan on Dolly

Christina Horan on Dolly

Delaney Robins

The Basics of Barrel Racing

Barrel racing is a rodeo event where a horse and their rider complete a pattern that involves turning the horse around three barrels in a triangle pattern while being timed. One can barrel race on any breed of horse as long as they are trained for it and well behaved. One can compete at amateur levels or professional ranks after turning 18.
In barrel racing, the fastest time wins. If a participant runs past a barrel and off the pattern, they will be disqualified, and if they knock over a barrel, they will be penalized by five seconds. Anything between 16 and 18 is a reasonably good time, and there is a 60 second time limit to complete the course. As for the horse’s training time, trainers teach the horse the barrel pattern in a few weeks, but it will take months of consistent training before the horse is ready for competition. My personal experience with barrel racing is fantastic. I love barrel racing and have had so much fun, whether it is late nights bundling up before a race or blasting music and riding around. I have had many great memories of barrel racing and have made life long friends. In conclusion, barrel racing is an excellent sport for all ages! This sport provides discipline, fresh air, new friendships, and a perfect opportunity to build a relationship with one’s horse.