The timer begins when horse and rider cross the start line, and ends
when the barrel pattern has been successfully executed and horse and
rider cross the finish line. The rider's time depends on several
factors, most commonly the horse's physical and mental condition, the
rider's horsemanship abilities, and the type of ground or footing (the
quality, depth, content, etc. of the sand or dirt in the arena).
History of Barrel Racing
Barrel racing originally developed as an event for women. While their
husbands roped or rode bulls and broncs, the women barrel raced. Not
much is known about the exact dates and details of barrel racing
developments. It is believed that Barrel Racing first saw competitive
light in the state of Texas. The Girls Rodeo Association (GRA),
instituted in 1949, was the first body of rodeo developed specifically
for women. Women were allowed to compete in several events of rodeo. The
GRA eventually officially became the WPRA in 1981, and the WPRA still
allows women to compete in the various rodeo events as they like, but
barrel racing remains the most popular event of competition.
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