barrel racing


: a rodeo event for women in which a mounted rider makes a series of sharp turns around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern
barrel race noun
barrel racer noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web His dreams are jettisoned by an injury, but his new, barrel racing girlfriend Mia convinces him to literally get back on the horse. Matt Cabral,, 11 Nov. 2022 In barrel racing—which is widely considered rodeo’s slickest event, and also one of its most dangerous—riders steer their horses at lighting speeds in a cloverleaf pattern around barrels. Rose Minutaglio, ELLE, 12 Sep. 2022 Be there for some of the best in cowboy events, including the Xtreme Bulls competition, barrel racing, and team roping, as well as the community parade, barbecues and plenty of live music. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2022 In the Junior division for girls Brooklyn competes in pole bending, barrel racing, goat tying, trail and breakaway. Shelley Jones, Chicago Tribune, 28 Sep. 2022 Events include bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 29 Aug. 2022 Cowboys and cowgirls from all over Alaska will compete in bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and team roping. Anchorage Daily News, 25 Aug. 2022 Events include bull riding, calf roping, wild cow milking, barrel racing and steer wrestling. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 24 Aug. 2022 Overnight guests at Alisal Ranch in Solvang can pair up with one of the property's 100-plus ponies for everything from wrangling lessons to barrel racing. Sarah Zlotnick, Country Living, 16 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barrel racing was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Barrel racing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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