Sunday, July 04, 2004
Barrel racing is a timed rodeo event, where the fastest time is what matters most. Cowgirls compete in the arena against each other and the clock. Three barrels are set up at different marked locations. The riders enter the arena at full speed, quickly rounding each barrel in a cloverleaf pattern and then exiting where they entered.
Speed is what it is all about in this event. The riders steer their horses as close as they can to the barrels trying to shave precious seconds off the clock. For each barrel they knock over a 5 second penalty is assessed to their total time.