Barrel Racing

BEcky SellBarrel racing is the ladies event of rodeo. In barrel racing, a woman rides her horse around a clover leaf pattern in the fastest time to win. Any barrels knocked over during the run will add five seconds on to her time, or   may result in a NO TIME depending on the type of  competition. This may sound very simple but it is not. It requires great training and communication between you and your horse. A successful barrel racing run requires a correct approach to the barrel, a quick turn and an incredible series of speed changes.   Most of us  simply do not enter the arena and make that  great run every time – except “maybe in our dreams”!

I first began barrel racing in the early 1970’s as a pre-teen.  I am amazed at how the sport of barrel racing has evolved over the decades!   In the “olden days”, – before cell phones – unless  you owned a super fast, highly trained barrel horse, there were not many opportunities to compete successfully for money.  The novice barrel racer with the average horse was limited to the “Playdays” where ribbons and an occasional buckle were awarded to the winners.  But  how competition has changed – thanks to  The National Barrel Horse Association, headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, the largest barrel racing organization in the world.  In 1992, the NBHA revolutionized the barrel racing industry by pioneering the divisional format, which allows riders of all skill levels a chance to win money and prizes in barrel racing competition.   To learn more about the NBHA and to find a District in your local area, visit their web site.


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