I have always ran barrels at the barn but never competed. I just moved to a new barn and everyone there are huge die hard barrel racing and gymkanna people. I want to do it too, but I have never had , nor can I afford formal barrel racing lessons, and im not sure I need them, have been riding for 10 years and have a lot of experience and teach basic riding and horsemanship and not to sound like im bragging or anything but feel that I am very good with horses, and I have been told so. I have dealt with a lot of problem horses and trained a lot as I had volunteered at a rescue and rehab stable for a few years. I can usually stay on and deal with almost anything, and get respect from the horse. I want to compete but I have never have because the barn I was at didn't have anybody who competed. We were all leisure and trail riders. My appendix mare is pretty good at getting around the barrels and had speed on her. Some have even complimented how she and I would excel at barrels. I just need to know , whats barrel racing in a nut shell?
What is the technique involved?
How do gymkannas work and how do you get involved?
What are the state and national titles and how do you earn them?
What kind of things do you win?
What is the proper way to run the cloverleaf pattern?
What are other patterns?
How far apart in feet are the barrels supposed to be?
I would ask some of the young girls at the barn I am at but I am a few years older than them and they seem kind of not interested in socializing with me and pick on me occasionally.
So all you die hard turn and burners, enlighten me please, thanks...