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By: Nora Hestetune

Barrel Racing

Barrel racing is an event which three barrels that are set up and they have to run in a clover leaf pattern. If they knock over a barrel it is a 5 seconds penalty, or they also can get a ‘no time’. The range that you wont to be shooting for is a 12 or 20 seconds, depending on the size of the arena and how the condition of the arena. There is a minimum of fifteen feet between the fence and the first barrel also the second barrel. There is a minimum of 30 feet between the fence and the three barrel (Ultimate Horses Sites Inc. 1-4).

In the barrel racing world, “Most riders will turn the right barrel first, then the left, then the last; however, it is also permissible to run to pattern the other way, turning the left, then right, then the last barrel (Ultimate Horse Site Inc. 5) In other word, the ride can have a left hand horse, or a right hand horse.

Cayla Melby Sate Fair 2011 Barrel Racing

Pole Bending

Pole Bending is a timed event. Each of the contestants will begin from a start line, when their horse’s nose crosses the line the time will start. They have an electric eye and they have to have at least two stop watches and the time will be averaged. There are six poles out in the arena and they have to be 21” apart from each other. If you tip a pole over you will get a 5 seconds add on to your time. (Spencer Guiley 1&2)

In the Pole Bending Arena, the judge, at his/her discretion, may disqualify a contestant for excessive use of a bat, crop, whip or rope in front of the cinch. In other words, the judge can disqualify you for using your over and under too much.

Cayla Melby Saturday Poles

Goat Tying

In goat tying you need to do everything right because if you don’t then you can hurt the goat.

Position is everything. Getting down low in a good position before flanking your goat it is important to set up your run. Once you are in our position, you have to use your hips and lower body to flank your goat. They will drop there tenths off your ground work time. You have to rotate through with your hips fully, as this will help you land in a more of a squat position (Instead of a kneeing) when you came down on to the goat, making it easier and fast to gather the legs. (Better Basics, LLC 2).

According to Better Basics, LLC, “2010 College National Finals Rodeo Goat Tying Qualifiers tie the pen of goats prior to the start of the rodeo. Girls that keep their left knee on the goat’s shoulder and still gather in the air with their right leg had such an easier time with their tie than the girls that sit back on the goat’s butt with their left knee in the dirt behind the goat’s back. The stuffers that sit square were also way quicker getting their goats down to the ground from their flank. Also the goat’s legs are typically a little lower, keeping their ties tighter. So if you’re going to be a stuffer- SIT SQUARE!!!!” (Better Basics, LLC 3). In other words, you need to be square when you get to your goat and when you flip them so they end up were you won’t them.

Cayla Melby Sate Fair 2011 Goat tying

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