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Barrel Racing

Barrel racing is a type of rodeo event. The participants and their horses attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern around barrels in the fastest way possible. This event is usually for women.

In rodeo events, which are timed, the goal is to make a run at the fastest time. The time is either being watched by an electronic eye or by an attendant. The timer stars when the participants and their horses cross the start line, it ends when the barrel pattern has been done, then the participants and their horses can cross the finish line.

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The participants can choose on which barrel they will go first, but they must do the right pattern. If a participants runs past a barrel, this will result in a "no time" score and the participant might be disqualified. If the participant hits a barrel, there will be a 5-second penalty. The participants are allowed 1 minute to finish the race.

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