I'm wondering if anyone on here has read any of the various books, seen any of the videos, or attended any clinics on barrel racing (or pole bending or gymkhana), and what they thought of them.
I attended a clinic by Ed and Martha Wright years ago that was just awesome. If you have a chance to go, I highly recommend that you do. They covered horsemanship, tack, and gave one-on-one instruction. I learned as much from watching them instruct others as I did from the instruction they gave me. I also learned a lot from the other attendees. I loved the stuff they taught about how different bits work on the horse. I liked their clinic so much, that when I was their book a few minutes ago, I just had to order it.
I read Barrel Racing (the Western Horseman book) by Sharon Camarillo when I first started out, and I still refer back to that sometimes. Camarillo makes the information she presents accessible (I read it when I was a freshman in high school and had no trouble with the concepts) and easy to implement.
If you've seen/read/attended something that was good (or bad), let us know. I'm always looking for ways to do better with my horses, and I'm sure you are too.