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    09-14-2012, 04:56 PM
Barrel Racing information and anecdotes


I am NOT a barrel racer. Let's get that perfectly clear. But, I get to be the announcer at our local saddle club's western playday tomorrow. I like to have some interesting facts to add to my amusing "patter". But, I need some help here, as I know next to nothing about western gaming sports. (I got this job becuase I have a big mouth).

Can you tell me some fun facts or anecdotes about barrels, poles, keyhole or other traditional games? Like how they got started, typical distances, good/bad winning times? Oddities , funny facts?

I am not giving an all out lesson, but if I can say a few things when we start each event I think it will add to the overal experience.

Many thanks for your help
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    09-14-2012, 05:16 PM
Well you could tease some of the people rodeoing and say they are the next best Brittany Pozzi/Lindsay Sears/Charlamayne James in the making!

Also the third barrel is called the money barrel in barrel racing.

Do you know what size of the patterns are? If you don't know, you will just have to go off of the fastest time so far on how good the runs are.
    09-14-2012, 05:27 PM
Bubsy...The first barrel is the money barrel...Not the third. Love youuu. <3

Anywhooo. XD

Barrel racing got started by women taking their husbands rope horses because they wanted to ride, too....

Our announcers generally just say "Good job" or "Clean run" and then say the time....Or in between they just say the draw.

I don't know if you know, but "On deck" means the person is second in the arena, and "In the hole" means they are third in.

Sooo, if the draw was like this:

1. Tina Goff on Spud
2. Desiree Ross on Snoopy
Andddd 3. Michaela Langston on Selena,

It would be "Tina Goff on Spud you're up, Desiree Ross on Snoopy you're on Deck, and Michaela Langston on Selena you're in the hole."
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    09-14-2012, 05:45 PM
Well crap. I meant first but I apparently typed it down wrong. And I was in a hurry to leave so I didn't look it over.
    09-14-2012, 06:40 PM
Green Broke
On top of what SH has already said.. We usually say "Amber come'a running", "SH in the hole", and "bubbles be thinking about it"..

Our announcers will usually say things when we come out of the arena too. We have one guy that will make jokes when you run and it makes things fun.. You have to know him to know his jokes though so most new people he picks on are like "Wth?? Why would he say that?" then we have to go back and explain.. So if you know the people at your show and they can take a joke it's usually nice to lighten things up with it.. A favorite that Ken likes to say when I'm running is "What's pink, giraffe, and slow all over?! Amber and Nikki! So come'a runnin!" oh yeah..bahaha.. but we make a good time out of it.. We yell back at him and cut up with him (he's a reiner! What else can we expect?!)
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    09-15-2012, 01:32 AM
WHY is it called the money barrel?

When did barrel racing get started? Why Barrels? Do men also do barrel racing or only women?

Why the pattern as it is? Can you go around the first barrel to the right OR the left, or is that fixed?

What can you do that would be considered a broken rule?

How old do you have to be to compete?

The real low level of competition, what is a good finish time for that ?
    09-15-2012, 01:44 AM
I'm just getting into barrel racing so I'll take a stab at your questions, if I'm wrong anyone feel free to correct!

1. I'm amussing its called the money barrel because it sets up your entire run. If you make a.good first barrel your likely to have a good run but if you drive by, then it doesnt set you up properly for your second turn and your run won't be as fast.
2. Have no clue about the history buy men do barrel race also just not as popular.
3. The pattern is not fixed you can start with either the left or the right depending on you and your horse. If you start to the right then you have one right turn and 2 lefts, and opposite if you start from the left.
4. I'm guessing that by broken rule you mean a no time? If so the horse and rider would have to break the pattern(ie. Turn the wrong way around a barrel) or fall off. If you knock a barrel over its a plus 5 sec on the time.
5. Old enough to hang on! Out this way there are young kids whose parents or older siblings lead them around the pattern!
6. Really depends on the size of the pattern. Outdoor here a fast time is usually low 18s
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    09-15-2012, 01:56 AM
Thank you everyone.

Here's a joke I will tell, if I have the chance.

A cowboy went to a chiropractor complaining of back trouble. The Doc looked him over and could see he'd suffered some rough life.
"Have you been in any accidents lately?" , he asked.

The cowboy thought about it for a moment "No, no real accidents, I guess. Well, I been kicked by a mule last week, yesterday I got throwed by my mustang and last month a got bit by a snake".

"YOu don't call those accidents?", said the doctor with incredulity.

"Nah. Pretty sure they meant to do it on purpose".
    09-15-2012, 02:00 AM
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."

That joke gets a chuckle out of me every time I think of it.
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    09-15-2012, 02:39 AM
Green Broke

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..

Originally Posted by BubblesBlue    
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"..

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