barrel racing


Definition of 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

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Other Words from barrel racing

barrel race noun
barrel racer noun

Examples of barrel racing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to all the delicious German food, beer and music, guests can expect games and activities, such as stein races, beer barrel races, apple strudel eating contests and more. Jennifer Boehm,, "Things to do with the kids this weekend: Baby Shark Live!, Barktoberfest, ZooKidsDash," 2 Oct. 2019 Also new this year will be jackpot barrel racing beginning Sunday morning when dozens of riders will compete for prizes in timed events. Ramona Sentinel, "‘The best four days of summer’," 31 July 2019 Today’s show at 1 p.m. in Warner Coliseum features square dance teams (yup, horse and rider), jumping figure 8, drill teams, pole weaving and barrels racing. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Today at the Fair: Sunday, Sept. 1: Friends of the Fair Day," 1 Sep. 2019 New this year, the fair will have a wooden BMX track presented by the San Diego Mountain Biking Association for youths to ride their bikes (with helmets) and there will be jackpot barrel racing beginning Sunday morning. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Four-day country fair with livestock auction opens Thursday in Ramona," 30 July 2019 In addition to the bull riding, the fans were entertained with a women’s barrel race competition in which riders darted out of the chute gates on horseback in a race against time on a course through barrels in the arena. Gene Nardi,, "Bull Bash rounds up pro and amateur riders for summer rodeo competition," 12 July 2019 In the NRG Center's main arena, the 6-year-old motored his red wheelchair expertly through piles of green sawdust chips, headed straight for the barrel races. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "At Lil' Rustlers Rodeo, special-needs kids sample rodeo life," 6 Mar. 2018 Jewel is a granddaughter of Dash Ta Fame, a famous barrel racing quarter horse stallion. Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "Rodeo: Barrel racer, 18, wins Cowboys of Color title | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 Jan. 2018 During weekdays, when Shada was off at college on a barrel racing scholarship, Brazile would live in the house with Roy and with Shada’s mom, the former Shari Smith, and their two boys. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of barrel racing

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Barrel racing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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