Barrel racing is a rodeo sport that involves riding on a horse around large obstacles in a cloverleaf pattern. Participants enter from the south end and manoeuvre the horse clockwise around the first barrel on the east corner ("barrel 1"), then wind counter-clockwise around the barrel on the west corner ("barrel 2"), then go around the third barrel at the north corner ("barrel 3",) and then race back to the south end. In competitions, this is a timed event, with the clock starting and stopping when the horse crosses the red line at the south end. There is a time penalty if barrels are knocked over (regulation sized barrels are 55 gallons). The regulation distances are 90 feet between the east and west barrels, 105 feet between the north barrel and each of the east and west barrels, and 60 feet between the red line and the east and west barrels.
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The Ontario High School Rodeo Association; Ontario Rodeo Association; Canadian Rodeo Association
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