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Barrel Racing

Barrel Racing

Barrel racing is an American equestrian sport which began, officially, in 1928 in Stamford, Texas. It is usually performed at rodeos and other western riding competitions.

As the name might suggest, barrel racing is a fast-paced, adrenalin-fuelled event in which the horse and rider races around three barrels set in a triangle formation. The aim is to be as fast as possible without knocking any of them over.


Interestingly, barrel racing began life as a women-only event in the male-dominated rodeo circuit, and in the early days of its development, it was often performed only as an exhibition during rodeos.

Over time, barrel racing grew in popularity, and recognition followed, with it eventually becoming an official event in professional rodeo competitions.

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As you might expect, barrel racing has its biggest fanbase in the United States and Canada, but it is starting to gain ground elsewhere, especially in Australia and Brazil, where rodeo and Western-style sports have become increasingly popular. The UK has a smaller, but no less passionate following, and there a number of competitions and clinics held around the country each year.

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