WHY is it called the money barrel?
Most people believe if your first barrel is bad the rest of the pattern will be too. If you have an awesome first barrel you're more than likely to start out with a good run and follow through that way.. Most of the time.. When did barrel racing get started? Why Barrels? Do men also do barrel racing or only women?
It started out as a women's sport while the men rode broncs and bulls. It also started out as a figure 8 pattern but changed to a more difficult pattern as time went on..Barrel racing started out as a women's sport but it's really branched out to men these days. I run with a ton of guys and they are just as good or better than the girls. We girls just tend to talk smack more often than the guys. Because we're better! Duh!
Most small associations I compete in will have a separate class for women and men just like they do age groups. Why the pattern as it is? Can you go around the first barrel to the right OR the left, or is that fixed?
I mentioned before that the pattern started out as a figure 8 but soon turned into the harder cloverleaf pattern just for difficulty's sake.. You can run either to the left or the right first, it's just personal preference and depends on the horse. What can you do that would be considered a broken rule?
A broken rule can be many things. It just depends on where you are and who you're running with.. The main "broken rules" can be knocking over a prop (barrel or pole) which can cause a DQ or add 5 seconds for every knocked over prop to your time, a broke pattern.. Other broken rules can just be association rules, NBHA rules, arena rules.. This can be anything from not being able to wear a tank top, not being able to wear a hat, not riding with a certain bit, you have so much time to get into the arena for your run before you are DQ'd or your situation is a good enough reason.. Any of those small rules can depend on where you are and who you're running with. I've been DQ'd at an arena because I had on a wide strapped tank top because I didn't know I had to wear a t-shirt.. I did throw a tad of a fit because I was sitting in the money and the rule wasn't posted anywhere for newcomers to see.. How old do you have to be to compete?
You can be any age to compete. There is no too young or too old.. Most really young kids will compete in a lead line class though.. but other than that it's deperated into age groups..with NBHA it's youth and open classes.. Smaller association shows will be lead line, pony, 13-19, women's 20-39, men's 20-39, "Gracie Allen" which is women's 40+, and then "Jack Benney" which is men's 40+.. Now, not all shows will be that way.. They most likely will have a youth and open..I do show with associations though and run in those set age groups.. the real low level of competition, what is a good finish time for that ?
I can't really give you a good or correct answer to this.. It really depends on the arena size, pattern size, and the level and experience of the horse and rider..
Oh I have a joke about barrel racers too.
"Why do barrel racers like to be cremated? BECAUSE THEY'RE NEVER HAPPY WITH THE GROUND."
LOL I did get a pretty good laugh out of this.
Just an ETA - The good thing about announcing at a barrel race is that you don't have to be all stuffy and proper.. No offense.. you can just more let loose with your attitude and demeanor. Have fun with it!
Like third ETA - It is really nice if you call out the time of the run two or three times.. Most of the time when barrel racers run out we can't hear the time the first time you call it. Saying "Oh Amber had a "whatever".. That was a "whatever"..