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

Examples of barrel racing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ride horses, join a cattle drive or learn barrel racing (taking a horse and trying to make a cloverleaf pattern around barrels). Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Events such as bull riding, barrel racing, and bronc riding captivate audiences with heart-stopping action and displays of sheer courage. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 1 Feb. 2024 Pake had a knack for roping, while Reba spent 10 years competing in barrel racing, per her website. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 Traditional rodeo events being featured are bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, bull riding, barrel racing and breakaway roping. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Aug. 2021 Sheriff: Ronny Jackson threatened to ‘beat’ state trooper after being handcuffed at rodeo The girl had dropped out of barrel racing competition the previous day due to anemia – a shortage of red blood cells that carry oxygen – and had spent Friday night in the hospital, according to the Pampa News. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2023 The top 50 cowboys and cowgirls in the seven traditional events — bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding — will compete over 18 days in a tournament-style format for $1.6 million in prize money. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Feb. 2022 Athletes compete in trick riding, barrel racing, and of course, bull riding. Anna Mahan, Country Living, 10 Sep. 2023 The rodeo features the top 50 cowboys and cowgirls in seven events — bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding — divided into five brackets, with the top four in each event advancing to the semifinals Feb. 24-25. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barrel racing was in 1947

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“Barrel racing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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