By Krista Lucas
The last weekend of April brought more than 4,500 barrel racers through the gates of the Oklahoma City State Fairgrounds. These men and women competed for more than $750,000 in cash and prizes during the largest and richest divisional barrel race in the nation, known as the Better Barrel Races World Finals.
The 15th anniversary of the BBR World Finals was held April 25 to 29. Oklahoma City was the hotspot for barrel racing during these five days, with three arenas running non-stop at the fairgrounds. There were several different races to choose from for both competitors and spectators.
The $15,000 added futurity was for four and five-year-old horses in their first year of competition. The gold card race, for gold card members only, and the youth race each had $2,500 added. A new member/non-qualifier race was offered, but the biggest race of the weekend was the $50,000 open qualifier race where contestants had two chances to qualify for Sunday’s short go shootout.
The competition kicked off with the qualifying races bright and early. To enter the qualifying race, participants must be a current BBR member and have competed at eight BBR approved races throughout the year. For first timers, it is a fun-filled weekend with plenty to see and do.
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