It is believed that Barrel Racing first became competitive in Texas when a group of women looking to become competitive involved in the male dominated sport of rodeo. Today barrel racing is sport enjoyed by men, women, and even kids. It is typically a timed event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern around barrels as quickly as possible. Professional barrel racers must maneuver at high speeds and maintain precise control in order to win.
A variation of barrel racing (with traces to Nez Perce Tribe of Native American people) in which two racers compete at the same time is The Camas Prairie Stump Race. Competitors race against each other on identical circuits opposite the start-finish line. The first horse and rider back across the line win the race. It is not a timed event.
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