What is Barrel Racing ?
Barrel Racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to run a cloverleaf pattern around three preset barrels in the fastest time.
The sport of Barrel Racing combines the horse’s athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely and successfully maneuver the horse around three barrels placed in a triangle pattern within a large arena.
What is the Barrel Racing Pattern?
Most barrel racers run their pattern to the right; however, some barrel racers run their horses to the left.
The pattern has to be clean and none of the barrels can be knocked down. The fastest time around the three barrels wins the race and in most races the fastest time wins money.
In collegiate and professional ranks, such as a Professional Rodeo event the Barrel Racing competitors are mainly women.
Check out our blog post ” How to Barrel Race?” for more information on the barrel racing patter and sport in general.