Forgive me if I come off as ignorant or offensive here. I am uneducated about the world of barrel racing. I dabble in it, just for fun, with my horse, but as I bought him from a lady who competed nationally, my data may be a tad bit skewed when it comes to times.
I was at my sister's 4H show today and it came time for the speed show. The kids (age 12-19) all ran in one class...they're called classes, right?
Anyway, I was kind of surprised at the speed (or lack thereof) of the runs. Now I know, not everyone can have a nationally trained barrel horse, but I was still expecting them to go faster.
I wasn't expecting the 12 year olds to go whipping around the barrels by any means, but the older kids? Yeah, I was expecting to see some speed there.
I know my horse's times and the fastest horse was 3 seconds slower than my horse's time. And keep in mind, I timed him last week just for fun so this was his time being not conditioned, 18 years old, and out of practice.
I assume that as a rider gains skill, their times will become faster, right? So the 12 year olds will get faster as they grow, correct?
But the 19 year olds...do you think they just didn't have fast horses or do you think they were holding their horses back?
One horse and rider flew around the pattern, had it as close to perfect as possible and they were booking it, but were still 3 seconds off my horse's time. They totally smoked the other riders though. The second place rider was 5 seconds behind their time.
So...why is that? Is my horse just that much faster or was it a skill level deal?
And if it's an age/skill level thing, how fast would you expect a 12 year old to run the pattern as opposed to a 19 year old?