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 Lisa Lockhart, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

Lisa Lockhart, born in Wolf Point, Montana, now resides in Oelrichs, S. D. with her husband, Grady and their three children, Alyssa (10), Thane (7) and Cade (4). Lisa and Grady, a PRCA tie-down roper who won the Badlands Circuit Finals in 1996 operate a ranch where Lisa trains horses when she’s not on the road competing in barrel racing. Lockhart joined the WPRA in 2000, but did not really do much until 2005 when she began to compete in more rodeos and finished 43rd in the world standings with earnings of $24,778....
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