By Krista Lucas
Barrel racing is becoming increasingly popular in Texas and Oklahoma. There is an event to go to nearly every day of the week in this region, and there is something to choose from whether a rider is a beginner or a serious competitor.
Some events stretch over the course of several days, offering large amounts of prize money and awards, while other local jackpots may just be an afternoon of family friendly fun.
Either way, barrel races are seeing an increase in entries. A local jackpot may see more than 50 runners on a week night or weekend, even when there are other races going on in the same area. Recently, the Summer Shootout in Oklahoma City., drew 781 contestants over its three day event. The barrel race, hosted at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, awarded $10,000 added money plus four fully-tooled championship saddles.
The sanctioning body was Better Barrel Races, and the event offered an open race where entries ran in two qualifying rounds, with the top 15 in each division making it back to the short-go Sunday.
This year alone, the Summer Shootout paid out $124,838 in cash. In the shootout round, the fastest time run that day in each division was declared the winner. Sharin Hall of Harrah, Okla., won over $2,000 and a trophy saddle, walking away with the 1D shootout championship. The futurity trainer ran a 15.1 in the final round on her standout mount “Dreaming Of Foose.”Loryn Barclay, riding “Last American Perks,” ran a 15.5 to win the 2D shootout. Linda McConnell on “Brooklyn Bridge Cash” ran a 15.7, winning the 3D championship and Ceri McCaffery improved her time to a 15.9 on “Famous Sum Beach” to win the 4D shootout.
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