RODEO 101 - BARREL RACING

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Barrel racing may look less daring than some of the other rodeo events, but it’s certainly is not for the timid. The horsemanship skills and competitive drive in this fast and furious event make it a crowd favorite. In barrel racing, the horse and contestant enter the arena at full speed. When they begin the course the electronic eye is triggered and the clock starts. The racer rides a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels positioned in the arena. While sprinting back out of the arena they trip the eye and the clock stops. The contestant can touch and even move the barrels, but if any barrel is knocked down a five-second penalty is received for each one. The barrel racing title is usually decided by hundredths of a second, one tipped barrel can mean the difference between a victory and finishing out of the money.

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