Events at the rodeo include bull riding, saddle bronc riding,
bareback bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, calf roping
and barrel racing. Little attention has been given to the barrel
racing industry which continues to be one of the fastest growing
equine sports. Once considered a sideline event of traditional rodeos,
barrel racing is now an integral part of most PRCA rodeos. The cowboys
introduced barrel racing into their list of events so their wives
and girlfriends would have something to compete in at the Rodeos.
Equistat reports that barrel racing events paid out 12.2 million
dollars or more in 1998 and it grows each year!
There are all different levels of barrel racing. The lure and
the thrill of barrel racing lies in the excitement of seeing equine
athletes and their skilled trainers perform at their best. The trick
to barrel racing is precision and speed. In barrel racing, the first
barrel is commonly called the "money barrel," because the outcome
of this turn determines the fate of your run. The idea of barrel
racing rests on the premise that you don't hit a barrel in an effort
to have the best time. In barrel racing, the contestant and their
horse enters the arena at full speed.
When looking for a barrel racing horse, check the horse for gait
faults such as forging, or check for aa history of hock problems.
Consider what previous jobs the horse has performed. Sore backs
and hocks are frequent problems that hinder speed in a large percentage
of barrel racing horses. Today, the quarter horse is one of the
most popular breeds that participates in western style barrel racing.
With the margin of victory measured in hundredths of seconds, knocking
over one barrel spells disaster for a barrel racing competitor.
If you don't like speed or are afraid of falling off your horse,
barrel racing isn't for you.
Rodeos are designed to capture each event down to the tenth of
second. There must be at least two timers who agree on each contestant's
time for calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and barrel racing.
About the Author:
Rob Daniels has been an equestrian rider for 25 years. He has studied
various disciplines additional articles are available at: Riding
Stable - http://www.riding-stable.com
and Horse Stall http://www.horse-stall.net
About the Author
Dean Erickson. Journalist,
and web site builder Dean Erickson lives in Texas. He is the owner
and co-editor of horses-for-sale-directory.info on which you will
find a longer, more detailed version of this article.