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post #1 of 5 Old 11-07-2010, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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If you've never heard of the SACK RACE....

Just thought I would share! The sack race is one of my favorite events at the horse shows I go to.

It is a timed event where there are 4 barrels set up in the arena in a square. You and another horse and rider must hold a brown gunny sack between you as you complete a full circle around the barrels. Most places allow you to do a practice run before your time starts. The time starts usually on the side of the square pattern right by the crow's nest. If you or your partner drop the sack before you complete a full circle, you are disqualified. The fastest time wins!

This first one is from July 2007. My mother and I did the sack race together and we took first place on this day. I love this video with the train in the background. And the fact that my horse is not paying attention around the last turn (if you look carefully, he's looking off in la la land).

This second one is actually from the same show but the next year in June of 2008. My mom's horse had foundered so I ran the sack race with two different people this year -- neither of which had I ever done the sack race with before! The first lady I ran with we took 4th place just out of the money, despite a rocky first turn (we smacked together pretty good if you watch!). But her horse can book it and she's a great rider. If we would have tightened up our last turn, we probably would have squeaked into 3rd, but it was tough competition. Also, I love my mom yelling in the background, haha.

This third one if from the same day, but just a few riders later! I did this with a good family friend and this little cowgirl can ride! And her old 25-year-old pony mare can RUN! The duo of the big horse and little horse took FIRST PLACE with a smokin' run! Which is ironic because my horse actually hated her horse, but they seemed to work well together!

Maybe I like this event so much b/c you get to haul it full speed around the arena! My horse Beau seems to enjoy it too.

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That looks so fun! [and challenging!]
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-07-2010, 06:40 PM
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that looks like a TON of fun!! lol
my friend and i are going to try adn do the ribbon race this year lol itll be very intersting

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-07-2010, 06:42 PM
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Wow that looks fun!

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-07-2010, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Mickey4793 View Post
That looks so fun! [and challenging!]
It certainly is! I would estimate that usually 1/3 of the entries lose the sack before they make a full circle. It is quite the challenge!

Probably what makes it more fun!

I have, however, witnessed runs where the inside horse fell behind and ended up on the OUTSIDE and the riders are still hanging on to the sack, so now the inside person is holding it behind their back and the outside person is stretching like heck!

That actually happened to my mom and I this summer at a show. Her horse wasn't in as good of shape as mind and was just getting tired as the day worse on. I tried as hard as I could to hang on but the distance between us just got too far and we lost the sack right before the time line!!

This was the first time we had lost a sack EVER, so I was kind sad. But it was still fun! And I guess it was okay, because I was only home for a short month and a half this year .... not too much time to get the horsies in shape.

Mom starting to fall behind .... (I'm on the outside, she's on the inside)

Mom HAS fallen behind and we are now criss-crossed.

And then it got jerked out of my hand! Darn it! So close!

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