Barrel racing is an exciting rodeo event where spectators can view a horse and rider attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern around three pre-set barrels in the fastest time. Both boys and girls compete at the youth level and men compete in some amateur venues, it is primarily a rodeo event for women. Barrel racing combines the horse's athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely and successfully manoeuvre a horse around three barrels. Typically the three barrels are fifty-five gallon metal or plastic drums and are placed in a triangle in the centre of the arena.
In timed rodeo events, the purpose is to make a run as fast as possible. The timer begins when horse and rider cross the start line, and ends when the barrel pattern has been successfully executed and horse and rider cross the finish line. The rider's time depends on several factors, most commonly the horse's physical and mental condition, the rider's horsemanship abilities, and the type of ground or footing.
Alltech is excited to welcome Rylee Elliott of Newberry, FL, daughter of our very own Steve Elliott to the Games Village here in Caen. Rylee is member of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Junior Programme and in January 2014 she captured the South-Eastern Circuit Junior title for barrel racing. Elliott is now looking to win the WPRA Junior World title and currently ranks fifth in the 2014 standings. Her mother has been the biggest influence on her rodeo career as she trained and competed in barrel racing for over 20 years.
We look forward to watching Rylee perform in the Games Village daily from August 23 – August 31.