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post #1 of 10 Old 08-13-2019, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Ideas for a "Fun Run"

Howdy Everyone,

I'm the show announcer for Midland Barrels up in Fonda, New York. So far this season we have done a Glow in the Dark Race, A Wine Run, and a Pick up 'n Hustle. We are looking for other fun run ideas to do at our next show. The Wine Run was done at our July Show and it was pretty warm. Some of our members have expressed interest in us doing that again at our Sept. Show.

We're toying with the idea of doing a Boyfriend Barrel Race or a Stick Horse race but I'm looking for some other options too-- let's hear some ideas for a Fun Run that you would enjoy!

Thanks in advance!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-13-2019, 02:06 PM
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I like the idea of a dollar bill bareback barrel race. See if you can get around the barrels sitting on a dollar bill.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-13-2019, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Oh cool- I've never heard of that one before. Thanks!!
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-13-2019, 02:41 PM
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A stable I used to ride at did fun shows all the time. A few things they did -

Musical stalls - like musical chairs, except in the center of the arena, there are poles on the ground that make big squares ("stalls") and when the music stops, everyone has to ride their horse into a "stall" as fast as possible. The one left out in each round gets disqualified. Would be careful with horses who kick when others get too close though!

Carrot chase - I can't remember exactly how this was done, but it involved something along the lines of riding your horse to the opposite end of the arena, jumping off, grabbing a carrot, and getting them to chase you back with it as fast as possible. This one was a lot of fun!

We also had something similar to the dollar bill race, except it was just a regular equitation class (this was English, not western) but the demands got harder and harder and people who lost their dollar bills were disqualified until only one person remained in the ring.

I know there were others but these are what I remember!
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-13-2019, 05:05 PM
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Oh cool- I've never heard of that one before. Thanks!!
I made it up. But the dollar bill race is common. Everybody walks, then trots, then canters. Last rider hanging on to her dollar gets everyone else's.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-13-2019, 05:33 PM
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We just had one of these at an endurance ride.... It was also hilarious trying to watch a bunch of endurance arab's try to do games.... Anyway...

Candy bar race: race down and around a barrel where someone was holding out a candy bar you had to grab

Australian Trot Race: 4 barrels set up in a square everyone trots, if you get passed you're out. If you break into a canter you're out. Last one wins.

Dolly Parton race: Everyone (men included) wore a woman's undergarment outside their clothes with 2 water balloons in it. Had to run down and around a barrel, you were out if you lost any of your balloons.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-13-2019, 11:33 PM
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@QueenofFrance08 Iíve seen the Dolly Parton race! It killed me. 😂 It was a team thing here though, and I canít remember exactly how it went. The guys were the horseback ones though.

Hmm... I always liked the hide race, but itís half dangerous so most donít do it anymore. I also like the pickup race, but same scenario... (For those who donít know, the hide race has the rider dally up to a hide or something similar, and drag their partner around a barrel. The pick up race has a partner sitting on a barrel, and the rider runs around the barrel picking up their partner and back across the line.)

We used to have a lot of fun races, but the only barrel pattern fun race was fox and hound. Another partner race but one in front of another through the barrel pattern.
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-14-2019, 05:35 AM
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Seriously the best race I ever saw (on youtube but I can't find it now) was something only cowboys would think up. Riders line up on one side of a roping-size arena, each with a portapotty fastened to a rope tied to their saddle horn. At the gun they all race down to the other end, their waiting team mate jumps into the portapotty and is dragged back to the start line.

I know barrel racers can be wild girls but not sure they would go for this ...

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Do you want something specific to the barrel pattern?

Around here, the Jack Benny race is fun to watch. Your run your horse to the far end of the arena, where you have an open can of beer (granted you could use any size you want, or non-alcoholic). You have to finish your beer, and then run on foot (leading your horse) back to the start line. First person wins.
...... one year, my mom was the only female in a big group of men. She knew she would never chug a beer faster than any of them, so she "pretended" she was done with her beer and started running back, just to put everyone else in a panic that she was done already. LOL. It was absolutely hilarious.

Some playdays used to have Crazy Poles. You'd pole bend like normal for half the pattern, then midway through you would have to dismount and lead your horse back through the rest of the pattern. You could do the same for barrels by (for example) making them dismount before the 3rd barrel and lead the horse the rest of the way.

Dizzy bat race is always hilarious to watch. Rider runs down to the end of the arena, dismounts, spins around the bat X number of times, has to get back on, then run home. Lucky for me, I don't get dizzy but fun to watch those that do. Won it here: (they made us go around 9 times I think - way too much!









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Hmm... I always liked the hide race, but itís half dangerous so most donít do it anymore. I also like the pickup race, but same scenario... (For those who donít know, the hide race has the rider dally up to a hide or something similar, and drag their partner around a barrel. The pick up race has a partner sitting on a barrel, and the rider runs around the barrel picking up their partner and back across the line.)

Oh yes, many times I've been the person getting drug on the hide.


Or the scoop shovel.


Key is to wear gloves, a hooded sweatshirt, and tie the hood as tight as you can, LOL. Helps minimize the dirt that gets everywhere.

Not the best video, but this is me getting pulled pulled by the large gal in the green shirt on the far left. We WON, by the way! She was a good puller and I was a good "getting dragged", LOL.


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post #10 of 10 Old 08-16-2019, 05:10 PM
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"Beverage Barrels" is popular here. Divide the group into 21+ and under 21. Older riders have to run the pattern holding a cup of beer in one hand, and you can't change hands during the run and you must still have the cup in your hands when you cross the finish. Younger riders use water or soda. If it's a big deal, use water/soda for everyone-- just don't pick anything that will stain tack, clothing, or a horse-- we stick with cheap beer and water or 7-up and use the plastic solo cups, although you can increase the difficulty if you use styrofoam or paper as they crush more easily if you grip too hard.



Everyone starts with the same amount of liquid in the cup, and when they finish the run, pour it into a measure to see what's left, then pour it back into their cup so they can drink it. We usually do it where you subtract half a second from the time for every ounce of liquid left in the cup. So, if the winning run was 17 seconds and that rider had 6 ounces left, her time is 14 seconds. It's a balancing act between going fast and spilling or going slow and not spilling.



Bareback barrels is another popular one-- we do allow a neck rope or strap just to prevent a rider left behind from hurting the horse's mouth.
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