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 Christy Loflin, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

It came down to the wire, but Christy Loflin qualified in 15th place for this years’ WNFR, even though she only went to about 50 rodeos. That is way below the number of rodeos that most other women compete in while trying to make it to the Finals.   A single mom who was once married to ...
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