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!
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.