What is Barrel Racing

Barrel racing is another timed event, but it is unique in that its competitors are women. The cowgirls run a clover leaf pattern around three barrels; run being the pivotal word here. These horses and riders are going at full speed, for the winner is often decided by a hundredth of a second. The idea is to not only be the fastest, but to leave all of the barrels standing. A five-second penalty is added to their time for each barrel that is knocked over. While the tie-down horses are worth a lot of money, so are these barrel horses. It is not unusual for a competitor to start one from the ground up to build the trust and training that is necessary to win. To buy a made one will often cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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Meet Barrel Racer Lee Ann Rust – 2012 WNFR Qualifier

Competing in the 2012 Wranger National Finals Rodeo is a dream come true for 55-year old barrel racer Lee Ann Rust.  Rust has dreamt of going pro since she was 4-years old growing up in Del Rio, Texas. Rodeo and horses were a way of life for her and her family. Her dad, Dennis Funderburgh, ...
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