Barrel racing is primarily a timed rodeo event – racing the clock and each other whilst navigating an obstacle course created with a number of barrels in marked locations.  Riders enter the course at full speed, navigating around barrels in the pattern of a clover leaf.  Riders then exit at the same point at which they entered the arena.

The winner is the rider that has steered the course in the fastest time.  This is achieved by travelling around each barrel as close as possible, whilst minding not to knock a barrel over.  Knocking a barrel over carries a 5 second penalty to the rider’s overall time.  This will make or break a race. Continue reading