🏆 Barrel Racing

How to get your entry ticket?

Click here, once all spots are taken we will start a waitlist.

Who will be judge for the competition?

Kate O’Dea from Arrow Park

This competition will be run under the NBHA rulebook as outlined below:

  1. A barrel race is an electronically timed event using three identical barrels set in a cloverleaf pattern. Barrels may not be weighted (i.e., sand or water). Barrels must be metal or plastic and must be enclosed on both ends.
  2. The starting gate or gates must remain the same throughout the entire event. If more than one start gate is available, it must be offered or denied to all riders regardless of the direction they run.
  3. The start/finish line and the barrel positions should be permanently marked and must remain the same throughout the entire event.

The pattern at an NBHA show must meet the following conditions:

  1. The first two barrels must be a minimum of 15 feet off the side fence.
  2. A minimum of 30 feet between the third barrel and the back fence.
  3. A minimum of 30 feet between the time line and the first barrel.

Ground conditions:

  • The ground conditions within the arena must remain consistent throughout the event. The ground around the barrels must be reworked and levelled after no more than each 5 contestants have competed. Drag intervals must be consistent. Example: After every 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 riders.
  • The preferred method of working the ground is with a ground tool pulled by some type of motor vehicle. Hand raking is not acceptable.
  • Any time a contestant crosses the starting line, time will begin and this will constitute an attempt at a run.
  • A contestant will be given a “no time” for missing the pattern.

Off Pattern

  • Knocking over a barrel completely, regardless if it stands back up on either end. Touching the barrel is permitted, without penalty.
  • Running out of turn and/or riding a horse other than the horse in the drawn position. It is the contestant’s responsibility to know their drawn position. In the case where the announcer clearly announces the wrong running order and can identify their mistake, a contestant shall be offered a rerun. At the completion of the “out-of-order” run, the ground shall be drug for those riders remaining in the drag, if any.
  • If the rider falls off after crossing the starting timer. A rider who falls off a horse completely, before the starting line, regardless if the horse breaks the timer, a re-run will be offered in that moment in the same draw position, and not at a later time.
  • If a barrel or timer is moved off its marker during competition, they must be reset prior to the next competitor’s run to the proper markers and all contestants who competed on the incorrect pattern must re-run at the end of the event, or else a no-time will be given.
  • If the pattern is altered in any way during the running of a class, such that it cannot be restored to its original layout, all runs made to that point are void (An altered pattern includes but is not limited to: Changes in the staked position of the barrels; a change in the position of the timing device, either vertically or horizontally; or a change in the position of the entry gate(s).

Contestants may ride any horse, regardless of ownership. However, a horse may not be shown by more than one person in a class, unless the following conditions are met:

  • Both contestants are members of the same immediate family who also reside in the same household (husband, wife, siblings, children and grandchildren).
  • Children and grandchildren who are attending school away from home, but who reside part of the year with their parents or grandparents are included under this rule.
  • Neither contestant is showing any other horse in that class.
  • In no case will the same horse be run more than twice in the same class.

The draw shall be done in a random manner (computer, shuffling cards, drawing numbered chips, etc.). All horses in the draw must be named using registered names, when available. Riders with multiple entries must ride their horses in the position in which they draw up. Once set, the draw may not be changed, except to accommodate entries with the same horse or rider, or entries involving members of the same immediate family, as defined in Section A, Rule 9a, which have drawn up close to each other. What constitutes “close to each other” will be determined by Show Management; however, a consistent standard should be adhered to for the class. The draw may not be changed to give preference to any rider or to accommodate another commitment of a particular rider such as work or another barrel race. Changes must be moved to the end.

Only one horse may be in the competition arena at any time during competition.

Reruns shall be granted if the timer fails to work properly or if the barrels are not placed properly on their markers. Any penalty incurred on the original run shall not be applied against the rerun; however, any penalty occurring on the rerun shall result in a no time.

Contestants who are given a no-time, either for missing the pattern or knocking down a barrel, may complete the pattern. However, show management may, at its discretion, ask a rider who is taking excessive time to train to leave the arena immediately.

Officials have the right to disqualify any uncontrolled horse which does not begin performance within two minutes of the time the rider has been called. This rule does not apply to competitors who have not checked in with gate personnel.

What if you can no longer make it?

Please notify us via email at [email protected] as soon as possible. Your place will then be given to the next person on the waiting list. If this occurs during the event please report to the Customer Service Desk and notify them of your withdrawal.

When do you need to turn up and to where?

Please arrive at the main arena at least 15 minutes before the competition start time.

Who can enter?

  • This competition is open to all Cowgirls Gathering attendees male or female,
  • Youngest ridden is 10 years old,
  • Junior riders are 10-17 years old,
  • Open riders are 18+ years old.

Contestants may ride any horse, regardless of ownership. However, a horse may not be shown by more than one person in a class, unless the following conditions are met:

  • Both contestants are members of the same immediate family who also reside in the same household (husband, wife, siblings, children and grandchildren).
  • Children and grandchildren who are attending school away from home, but who reside part of the year with their parents or grandparents are included under this rule.
  • Neither contestant is showing any other horse in that class.
  • In no case will the same horse be run more than twice in the same class.
  • Contestants can ride in any gear as long as it is safe and in good working order.

It is up to the judges digression if any gear used is considered inhumane or unsafe. You will be asked to change or remove the gear or not allowed to compete.

When will be the presentation be?

Directly after the completion of the competition in the main arena. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to compile the scores.

What do I need to bring?

Just yourselves, their horse and correct riding attire!  Riding attire must be a long sleeve collared shirt, jeans or trousers, all riders are encouraged to wear and helmet and for anyone under 18 yo this is compulsory. Western hats are allowed for anyone over the age of 18 yo, no caps allowed.

Will there be any fee for entering?

No fee, it’s included in your ticket price (please ensure you include your ticket number at check out, unless you are purchasing your ticket at the time of entering this competition then leave it black).

When do entries close?

Entries will closed when the allocation has been completed, once your order has been processed you will get a ticket number to the competition.

What are the prizes?

Buckles will be awarded for the fastest time in each open division and prizes given to third place.  Juniors will be awarded a ribbon for the fastest time in each division and prizes given to third place.

3 thoughts on “🏆 Barrel Racing”

  1. Hi lm coming up from Tassie, lve entered in the barrels, will need camping and horse accommodation for 2 horses, don’t know how to do that, if l can get some feedback that would be good

    1. Meredith Hello! That is awesome news and we are super excited you are coming along. You will find options for Accomodation here on our website. The event is being held a the Kilkivan Showgrounds, for the horses you will need to either set up an electric yard or have panels. However if you would like us to organise this for you, please do let us know by sending in an e-mail to [email protected]. Have a great weekend and see you in three weeks 💛

  2. Hi I’m coming from the central Qld area and am needing a lift down for my horse pleeease if someone has room or if not if someone had a horse to lend down there that would be awesome I know both is a big ask but I’m very keen to support this great even and would appreciate anyone’s help at this stage. Thank you. Tanya x

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