One of rodeo’s most popular events, the barrel race requires the rider and her horse to complete a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels. The time starts when the competitor crosses an electric beam of light (start/finish line) and the time is completed when she recrosses the line after completing the pattern.
Talented riders on fast, athletic horses that can blaze through the pattern while keeping all three barrels standing will be the most successful. A five-second penalty is assessed for each barrel being tipped over, effectively knocking the rider out of the money.
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