Australian Barrel Horse Association Rules
- Right or left-Competitors may go either to the right or the left barrel first, but must take one right and two left turns or one left and two right turns.
- Knocking a drum – A five second penalty will apply for knocking over a barrel
- Illegal pattern – Competitors will be disqualified for not following the pattern or not being ready when name is called. Touching the barrel is permitted.
- Barrel penalty – Should a barrel be knocked over and is set up again on opposite side five second penalty will apply.
- Score line – The starting and finishing line and the position for the barrels must be marked permanently for the entire contest. The time starts when horses’ nose passes the score line both ways.
- Line position – The starting and finishing line must be in line with the first and second drums.
- Re-runs – Should for any reason the barrels not be placed on the markers or timers are not in correct position the whole event must be re-run with everything in order.
- Barrel marker positions – Judges and Directors must take the decision that the barrels are not on correct markers at time of event before barrels are moved from position.
- Time set for re-run – Should this happen competitors and judges should be notified, judges and arena directors will set time for re-run.
- Drums – Drums must be 44 gallon size (empty) and at least closed at one end.
- Vet/Visual out – If a competitor desires to withdraw for any reason, e.g.: veterinary certificate, the decision will be left to the discretion of the Board of Directors.
- Turning down a run – When a competitor turns down a run they will be disqualified on that horse for the entire event (ie: no round money paid out) except in case of a veterinary certificate or the sighting of an unhealthy horse.
- Completing the course – Timers are to be informed that clocks are not to be stopped until the competitor has completed the course or in the event of an accident.
- Number of entries – A contestant may compete on as many horses as desired in any event, but each horse is restricted to one run per round.
- Exercising in the arena – Before commencement of competition horses may be exercised in arena until specified time with the approval of the committee or arena director. No circling around markers once course is marked. Any member abusing this privilege may be removed from the arena by committee or arena director. Further disciplinary action may be taken.
- Difference between clocks – If there is a .5 second difference between clocks, competitors to have option of re-run. Only if a clear round is run.
- Hat – To be cleared from Arena before next run.
- Full course – Where a full course can be fitted in the arena it must be marked, but cannot exceed maximum measurements. Where distance must be reduced to suit the arena, barrels must be at least 5 meters from the fence.
- Animal abuse – Hitting horses around head, or excessive use of whip, over and under in Barrel Race competition will result in disqualification for the duration of the competition. Ruled by judges and/or disputes committee. There will be no refund of entry fees.
- Whipping – More than two whips between entry and 1st drum, more then two whips between barrels and four whips coming home, or more then two contacts between entry and first drum, more then two contacts between drums and four contacts coming home with an over and under will result in disqualification. Ruled by Judge.
- Records - To record an official ABHA record, measurements, rules, equipment, must be checked recorded and confirmed by at least three ABHA members.
- Electronic timer failure – If electric eye fails to work for more than one half of the contest in an entire go-round, the back up (manual) recorded times will be the official times for all contestants in that go round. When manual clocks are used the times should be to the hundredth of a second. Two clocks must be used. If one clock fails, time will be taken from the remaining clock, a back up clock is to be used where possible. Average time from two clocks to be official judges’ time.
- Dress rules – Members competing at classic events must wear suitable long sleeved shirt, hat, boots and jeans in arena at all times. They must be neat and presentable.
- Safety helmets – Junior or juvenile competitors under 18 years of age, must wear an Australian Standards Association approved helmet with the chin strap securely fastened when competing in all events.
- Speed2Succeed Barrel Racing Productions is a privately owned business that holds the right to refuse any participants from competing within competitions / events, and also the right to change rules and regulations at any given time. We would like to remind everyone that any offensive behaviour that we find inappropriate in anyway will not be tolerated and the perpetrator can be refused entry into any future events as we see fit. We would like to remind you that as a private organised event, if you do not like the way things are presented, although opinions are valued, our decisions on subjects are final.
- Exhibitions – May be run, fee is not to exceed $5 unless passed by the Board of Directors.
- Time limit set on exhibitions by affiliate.
- Exhibitions can be limited by event organisers or by the Board of Directors
We at Speed2Succeed believe in keeping your horse fresh and competitive from the start of the season to the end of the season, that is why we have rollover times.
You will notice that the online nomination form has a little box for rollovers. Basically this means that you can run your horse in the Open 4D then rollover that time into the Juniors, Futurity, Derby or Beginners.
This saves you from actually riding in any of those events so your horse doesn't finish up exhausted at the end of the weekend.
This concept works extremely well in the States and keeps their horses in top condition!
Keep in mind though that if you knock a drum, that is what will be rolled over. So just tick the box and note that it must be on the same horse.
Rollovers must be paid for and requested at the time of nominations.
FUTURITY AND DERBY
Horses 4, 5 and 6 years old (as shown on registration certificates or vet certificate - see under Forms for approved form) are eligible to compete in the futurity and horses aged 7 years are considered Derby horses!!
If a horse is deemed to be eligible for futurity events at the first round of the Makin it Mega, it can then continue to race as a futurity horse for the entire series.
Competitions such as the Barrel Bonanza will be judged as the horses age on the day!! So get your registration cetificates or download the appropriate form (S2S website - forms) to have your vet verify your horses age & enter up!! Its that easy!!
Fantastic opportunity to get your young prospects out and about and season them to the pressures of competiton at their own level!!
Remember if you intend to run your young horse in the Open 4D, you may ''roll over'' your time to the futurity or derby so your not over exerting your horse with multiple runs for the day....see more info on the ''rollover'' policy in the earlier posts and inbox us if you have any questions!!!! It will be exciting to see the young up and coming barrel racing talent that australia has to offer!!
- Open to male and female members.
- Junior age is under 18 years.
- Ground conditions – The arena ground must be prepared prior to the barrel race in accordance with the ABHA Guidelines and Insurance conditions, provided to all affiliates.
- Every effort should be made to provide safe and even ground for all contestants.
- Raking between runs is required, depending on the surface. A Director and the affiliate to determine.
- If during an event the surface becomes unsafe, the event must be stopped.
- Divisional barrel races are not to be restricted in any manner and must be open to any rider and any horse.
- Divisions are determined by a ONE SECOND time bracket.
- In the Divisional barrel race the fastest time without penalties will be used to set divisions.
- Runs with time penalties cannot place in final placings in a divisional barrel race.
- One run Format: 1 second splits with the fastest time including penalties of the race to be used to set time brackets to set divisions i.e. 1D will be set by the fastest time of the barrel race with 2D, 3D and 4D divisions being 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 seconds off the fastest time respectively.
Two run Format: Divisions set on the aggregate time of the two runs. With the fastest aggregate time setting the 1D with 2D, 3D and 4D divisions being 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 seconds off the fastest aggregate time respectively.
- Aggregate/Average – All times added together
- If there are no placings in any one division the prize money is divided equally between remaining divisions.
- In the Divisional barrel race the purse is split evenly between the Divisions.
- At the Judge’s discretion immediate disqualification of a competitor will occur if they are seen to be deliberately pulling a horse up in an effort to place in a lower Division.
- Percentage Break up of Payout
One way - 100%
Two way - 60% 40%
Three way - 50% 30% 20%
Four way - 40% 30% 20% 10%
Five way - 37% 27% 19% 10% 7%
Six Way - 35% 25% 18% 10% 7% 5%
DIVISIONAL YEAR END AWARDS
- 1st Division, 2nd Division, 3rd Division and 4th Division awards. (1D, 2D, 3D & 4D).
- Points award on final event placing as per ABHA point system.
- If a member enters more than one horse they may earn points on each entry, provided the horses place in different divisions.
- If a member enters more than one horse and places twice in the same division, the highest placing will be counted.
- At the end of the year a member will retain points only from the division in which they have the highest standing. The member’s points from other divisions will be dropped, allowing lower placers to move up.
- Year runs from 1st January to 31st December.
- Rider and horse combindation must compete in more than 4 events for that particular series to be eligible for awards.
ABHA POINTS SYSTEM
1st - 5 points
2nd - 4 points
3rd - 3 points
4th - 2 points
5th - 1 point
Please go to ABHA Website for Pole Bending rules
Speed2Succeed Rulebook will be finalized soon.