The fun & excitement of Women's Barrel Racing
From Wikipedia, www.wikipedia.org
Barrel racing is a rodeo event
that features a horse or barrel
racer and one mounted cowgirl, also called a barrel racer,
running a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels in a triangular
The cowgirl will take up a gallop and ride towards the first
barrel. They must make a complete loop around the barrel then
accelerate toward the second barrel. At the second barrel, they
will again make a complete loop, which means they will make the
turn on the other lead then accelerate toward the third barrel.
At the third barrel they will again make a complete loop and then
run back to the start. The racers will pass through an electronic
timer entering and leaving the barrel arrangement and the elapsed
time is the time for the event.
It is permitted to touch the barrels but not to knock them over.
Knocking a barrel over adds a 5 second penalty to the time. Since
going wide around a barrel is slower a delicate balance of speed
and control must be made to achieve the fastest times. The time
of the event is effected by the size of the arena in which the
event is held, but the times for top professionals barrel races
are between the 13-18 second range.