Barrel Racing evolved from the relay races in the old wild west shows. Introduced into rodeo as an exclusive event for women on horseback, our barrel racing is sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. The competition shows true teamwork between rider and horse.
Barrel racing uses electric timers and three barrels set in a clover-leaf pattern. They may enter the arena at a leisurely pace, but when they run between the timers it is full speed ahead. They can go around the left or right barrel first depending on what their horse likes best. They circle the second then third barrel and race back across the line stopping the clock.
If the contestant breaks the pattern they are given a no time.
A 5-second penalty is added to the contestant’s time for any barrel that is knocked over.
While it is not uncommon for these equine athletes to sell for over $100,000, Four-time Cheyenne Frontier Days Barrel Racing Champion, Kristie Peterson won on her legendary horse, Bozo, that she bought for $400.