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5YR OLD ARABIAN GELDING

HELLO
MY NAME IS PETE, I HAVE A 5YR OLD ARABIAN GELDING, HE LEARNS FAST. MY QUESTION IS, WOULD THIS BE A GOOD HORSE FOR BARREL RACING, I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY EXPERIENCE WITH BARREL HORSES, I NEED TO KNOW THE DISTANCE FROM BARREL TO BARREL, AND FROM THE STARTING POINT TO THE FIRST BARREL, AND WHAT IS THE RECORD TIME, FOR BARREL RACING, AND WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO EVEN CONSIDER ENTERING A BARREL RACE? AND IS IT ONLY A FEMALE SPORT, OR COULD A BOY RIDE THE RACE ?
THANK YOU.
PETE

Dear Pete,
Most barrel racing these days is for anyone who wants to run with the exception of the PRCA/WPRA barrel racing. Your gelding would probably work great as most Arabians are very quick and agile. A standard pattern in the WPRA is 60’ from the score line to the 1st barrel, 90’ from the 1st to the 2nd barrel, and 105’ from the 1st and 2nd barrels to the 3rd barrel. The fastest I ever heard it being run in was a 16.84 but you must also consider ground conditions and arena specifications (such as center alley to run in or do you have to walk in and start inside the arena?) Most of the time a run in the low 17.0’s will get you a check on a standard pattern. Many arenas aren’t large enough to set up a standard pattern so when you start to shorten your measurements, do it proportionally. Also, many jackpots these days are what they call 3-D or 4-D barrel races where they pay money in several divisions, so you don’t necessarily have to have the toughest horse to be able to get a check.
Good luck.
Martha Wright

How far away are the barrels suppose to be?

I know this probably sounds dumb, but how far away are the barrels suppose to be. And the poles too?
Thanks

On a standard WPRA barrel pattern, the distance from the score line to the first and second barrels is 60 feet, the distance between the 1st and 2nd barrels is 90 feet and the distance from the 1st and 2nd barrels to the 3rd barrel is 105 feet. That is a rather large pattern and to decrease the size of it, you would need to subtract increments of 5-10 feet from each measurement. I’m not a pole bender, but I do know that the distance between the poles is 21 feet.
Martha Wright

A standard barrel pattern in the WPRA

am helping a young girl get started in 4-H barrel racing and would like to know a few things. Measurements of the barrels (how far to space them apart) rules, etc. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.—Lisa McPeek

Dear Lisa,
A standard barrel pattern in the WPRA is as follows: 60’ from the score line to the 1st and 2nd barrels 90’ from the 1st to the 2nd barrel 105’ from the 1st and 2nd barrels to the 3rd barrel This is a large pattern and many times it won’t fit in smaller arenas. If you have to decrease it, do so proportionately. Hope this info helps answer your question.
Martha Wright

Arabian For Barrel Racing

Was visiting your web page, could you please advise how far apart to set the racing barrels. I have an Arabian and wanted to see if you she could do this.
Please advise.
Thanks
Vicki Johnston

A standard WPRA pattern is 60 ft from the score line to the 1st and 2nd barrels, 90 feet between the 1st and 2nd barrels and 105 ft from the 1st and 2nd to the 3rd. A good time would be anything under 17.50 seconds.
Martha Wright

4-H Barrel Pattern

I know how far apart to set the barrels for standard barral racing. But how far apart do you set them for a 4-H pattern? Just a little need-to-know.

Thanks!

Sorry, I can’t help you with that one – I was never in 4H and have never seen their rulebook…

Martha Wright

Distance between each barrel

My name is Siera DeRuwe and I am thirteen years old. I was wondering what the distance was between each barrel.

Measurements depend on the arena and the association – a standard WPRA barrel pattern is 60 feet from the scoreline to the 1st and 2nd barrels, 90 feet between the 1st and 2nd barrel and 105 feet from the 1st and 2nd barrels to the 3rd barrel. Not all arenas are large enough to set up a standard pattern so if you reduce the measurements, you should do so proportionately.
Martha Wright

Therapeutic riding business

Martha,
We have six horses and a therapeutic riding business in the North Country New York. Cold winters and muddy springs so we have discovered we need an indoor riding arena in addition to the outdoor one we already have. Is there a standard dimension and other considerations?

Noel and Paula Allen
Pray Road Stables


I’m definitely not an expert on indoor buildings for riding since we don’t have one. I would look around at buildings in the area and ask questions of the owners as to their preferences – what they do and don’t like about the ones they have. Once you’ve done a little research on them, then you will have a better idea as to what is affordable and usable for your needs.
Martha Wright

how far from the fences in the arena to set the barrels

I need to know how far from the fences in the arena to set the barrels. I’ve trained one horse for barrels but where I was there wasnt a fenced arena, I have recently moved to a new place with a fenced arena and starting over with 2 new horses on barrels.
thanks a bunch
lynne

Lynne,

I would definitely try to keep my barrels at least 21 feet off the fence for the 1st and 2nd barrels and 35-40 feet for the 3rd barrel. Personally, I prefer to train my horses with any fences, so the farther away from the fence, the better.

Martha Wright

LENGTH AND WIDTH OF AN ARENA

HI:
WE HAVE A FEW ACRES AND WERE WONDERING WHAT THE DIMENSIONS OF A BARREL RACING TRACK IS. WE WERE INVOLVED WITH WESTERNAIRES BACK IN DENVER BEFORE WE MOVED TO State Flag. IF YOU COULD E-MAIL ME JUST THE LENGTH AND WIDTH OF AN ARENA I WOULD APPRECIATE IT

THANKS, SCOTT

Scott,
If you’re wanting to set a standard pattern, your arena should be at least 130’ wide and 200’ long. Many patterns are much shorter than a standard pattern however so your pen doesn’t have to be that large. A standard pattern is 60’ from the score line to the 1st and 2nd barrels, 90’ between the 1st and 2nd barrels, and 105’ from the 1st and 2nd to the 3rd barrel.

Martha Wright

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WPRA Pattern

could you please let me know what the distance between each barrel is?

Regards,
Rebecca.

On a standard WPRA pattern, the distances are as follows:

scoreline to the first barrel – 60 ft
1st barrel to the 2nd barrel – 90 ft
2nd barrel to the 3rd barrel – 105 ft.

If you decrease the size of your pattern, you should do so in proportion and in many arenas you will have to set a smaller pattern because the size of the arena will not allow you to set this large a pattern. When setting the pattern, you should allow plenty of room for stopping if you run to a closed gate and your barrels should be at least 18 ft from the fence at the 1st and
2nd and at least 25-30 ft from the fence at the 3rd.
Martha Wright

Pattern for practice

Dear Martha,

My daughter, is 9 years old. she is starting 4H this year. I need to know what the dimensions of the barrels are. So I can properly set them up for her to practice.

Thank You

Jolonda

A standard pattern in the WPRA (Womens Professional Rodeo Assn) is 60 feet from the scoreline to the first and second barrels, 90 feet between the 1st and 2nd barrels and 105 feet from the 1st and 2nd barrels to the 3rd barrel. You can reduce that pattern proportionally if you need to.

Martha Wright

Barrel Pattern

my grandmother is teaching me to barrel race and she cant remember how far the barrels are suppose to be from each other please write me back and let me know thank you

ashley

A standard WPRA pattern is 60 ft. from the scoreline to the 1st and 2nd barrels, 90 ft between the 1st and 2nd barrels and 105 ft from the 1st and 2nd barrels to the 3rd barrel. You can also check out the NBHA website for measurements for their standard patterns. If you are just practicing and training, any size pattern will do as long as it is set up proportionately.

Martha Wright

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