Barrel racing is just that – a race against time requiring pure precision, timing and teamwork between horse and rider.
The earliest barrel races were done in either figure eights or the cloverleaf pattern. Eventually the figure eight was dropped in favor of the more difficult cloverleaf pattern. There is no ‘official measurements’ for barrel racing. The Standard of the barrel racing pattern, according to the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Rule Book, is,
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