Barrel Racing for the Beginner

What is the barrel pattern?

Barrel racing for the beginner is not as difficult as some may think!

It truly is a fascinating sport that many grow to love.

Bling, Speed, and Power what is not to love?


The pattern for the beginner barrel racer consists of three barrels set up in a cloverleaf fashion.

Official Rules

Woman’s Professional Rodeo Association

  • WPRA uses a regulation standard of 150′ x 200′ arena.
  • The barrels are set up 60′ to the first and second barrel from the starting line.
  • 105′ between first and second barrel
  • at least 25′ from the third barrel to the fence

National Barrel Horse Association

  • NBHA
  • First and second barrels must be 15′ off the side fence.
  • Minimum 30′ off the third barrel and the back fence.
  • Minimum 30′ between the time line and the first barrel.
  • Men, women and children compete at NBHA shows


Barrel Racing for the Beginner

One right turn and two left turns then straight line home.

As you can see in the t-shirt above you can also make one right turn

and two left turns.

Either way is perfectly legal. As long as you go one

the correct side of the barrel.



Don’t let the little ones get discouraged!

When teaching the beginner barrel racer the pattern it is similar to

watching kids play t-ball for the first time.

Have you ever seen a little one so excited that they hit the ball and they run to third base?

The Pattern left or right?

Since it does not matter if they go to the first or second barrel first. They get that part right.

What is difficult for the nerves to overcome is the correct side of the barrels.

Many people learning young and old alike nerves and

excitement will win and the person will take their horses on the wrong

side of the barrel.

It really is cute to witness people growing in the

sport that we all love.

However, to the rider it is heart breaking!

They see failure, I see a lesson learned.

Practice Perfect

I remember at a clinic once when I was younger “Practice Perfect” in

your mind repeat the pattern ten times perfectly in your mind.

Remove all the doubt and butterflies if you can.

Your never to old to start barrel racing!

My goal is to get back in the

saddle again and compete at the AQHA World Select show one day.

Don’t be afraid to dream!

I have seen kids barely a year old sitting in the saddle with family and

friends walking with them while someone is leading their horse or

pony around the pattern.



What a wonderful feeling it is to feel the power of the barrel horse! To hear the Thunder! To feel the freedom.

When nerves get to you, remember it is just you, and your horse.

If you are needing some inspiration check out Fallon Taylors video! You don’t have to have the best just need the inspiration and motivation. I love how she breaks it down in her video. Her only request to purchase is a helmet. Safety is so important!

Watch as Fallon talks about how to train a barrel horse!

All video clips are not owned by CanChasin.Com but belong to their rightful owners. πŸ™‚


Are you headed to watch some barrel racing at the NFR in Las Vegas? Click here for some tips!

I love going to the National Finals Rodeo and can not wait to go again next year!

The WWW.WPRA.COM offers some excellent coverage over the events of the NFR.

Such as the autograph sessions with your favorite barrel racers.

Meeting American Icon Charmayne James was such a privilege not only did she sign an autograph for me she took

the time to sign some for the girls at home and chit chat about horses.

Since the holiday season is in full swing if you can’t make it to the Cowboy Christmas at the NFR check out some of these great gift ideas.


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Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon for more tips for the beginner barrel racer and riders over 40!

Have you been to the NFR? What was your favorite moment?




9+ Horse Lover Gifts for the Barrel Racer


Looking for some Handmade unique gift ideas?

Here is a small collection of 9+ horse lover gifts for the Barrel Racer in your life!

We have went beyond the first page of Etsy and created a gift lineup sure to please any cantankerous barrel racer.

Lets open up this list with a fabulous stocking stuffer idea from GreyHorseCandleCo $5.00.

All natural hand poured soy waxed tarts they also have a collection of candles prices vary!

Come on who doesn’t love their house, horse trailer, or barn office to smell out of this world!

Coming Soon Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide for Horse Lovers!

Now let’s dive into the 9+ horse lover gifts for the barrel racer πŸ™‚

Hey Baby if your reading this here is my list xoxoxoxox!

I will never forget the first time I saw horse hair pottery. Cody, Wyoming. I was in love.

Meet the WyoPotter who can use your horse hair or hers!

What a wonderful idea! Cherish those memories !

Whoa, don’t go away check out this gift of time!Β  I am the official optimistic procrastinator!

I wait until the last minute because I believe nothing is going to get in my way.

We all know someone who could use this clock by StoryCabin in their lives don’t we?

I believe this list just might have something your loved one may treasure!

Speaking of treasures check out this adorable hand made heirloom jewelry box by BuckleDisplaysPlus.

They also carry beautiful buckle displays.

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Now they may need a little something to put into that gorgeousΒ  box.

Maybe a head turning handmade bracelet by Cowgirlrelicsdesigns.

I adore EquestrianTreasures Re-purposed conchos embellished with Swarovski Crystals! Psst… they have barrel racers too!


BigSkyWildRags offer an absolutely adorable assortment of Rags.

Dear Santa, We all need to keep our necks warm in the winter!

Stylish all year around! I bet you’ll get extra points from your cowgirl if you get her one of these Wild Rags.

How bad do you got it? I love the smell of leather! And this super simple sexy handbag fits the bill made by CatTailCreekSaddlery.

For the Horse:

From Barrel racing tack sets with Breast Collars and matching headstalls,custom cinches for the horse.

DBJonesSaddlery offers high quality water buffalo hide lined tack sets as well as jewelry, carpet bags and more!

We all need extra halters how about one from MrSaddle.

They offer a hand made bronc halters, dog collars, and hand made saddle pads.

If a custom cinch is what your looking for DoubleBRanchHorse makes hand made 100% mohair cinches and pulling collars!

The Barrel Racer:


CountrySweethearts offer a variety of goods on their Etsy site. Including this cute barrel racing sweater.

C4CreativeDesingsLLC offers cuff keepers. Some serious Bling! C4CreativeDesignsLLC to keep us from walking on our cuffs! What a great idea.

Can’t believe I did not think of that.


Check out these customized nameplates by BrightMetalCreations.


Customers RAVE about BorgmannsCreations high quality embroidered towels! Psst. Great Prices too!

Kitchen, Camper, Horse Trailer the list goes on these babies are sure to please the eye!


AshesAndOaks offers customization for this ribbon display! What a wonderful idea!


CraftPastMidnight offers their fabulous hand made wreaths! Great for any western decor!

Wrap it up!


7+ Horse Lover Gifts for the Barrel Racer

Put this adorable hair bow by Fun1Fancy on your package!

Lastly tag it with a beautiful downloadable printables by Kristieartdesign!


Wrap it up in rustic kraft paper


Customize with some jute and cotton string.

Thanks for stopping by! I am super excited about this years gift guide. Please comment below if you see something you love. Can’t find what your looking for maybe we can help. Hand made holidays and supporting small businesses and artisans. Come back soon for a stocking stuffer ideas for the horse lover. I also can’t wait to put together a DIY equestrian related craft gift collection.

Happy Holidays,















Ho! Ho! Ho! Mare E Christmas Gift Wrapping Solutions for the Horse Lover

Looking for Unique Gift Wrapping Solutions for the Horse Lover in Your Life?

I absolutely adore these hand made ornaments using them to add a little bling to that special gift wrap.

TrishasTemptations offer this gorgeous real Aspen leaf plated in 24k gold.

Add the Aspen leaf to some craft paper with a little ribbon and you are good to go! Quick yet fabulous!

ThePaperPonyCo offers up some whimsical pretty horses paper. Eco Friendly they also offer other Adorably Moody Gift’s and Goods!

Looking for something a little more “Hand Made”? PinaPango has hand painted gift wrap!Β Β 




Many people prefer to use gift bags! Aren’t these just the cutest you’ve seen in a while. PrintsAtTheJunction has great customer service reviews with a bonus they can be reusable! WinWin!

SweetTymes have this cute little gift bag or stocking stuffer! Oh my and prices start at $1.00. Now that is hard to beat!

ZoesBagBoutique makes these adorable Christmas bags that can double later as a accessory bag!


Digital downloading more your style?

We love to stamp our own cards and paper when we get the chance I have had this stamp for years and LOVE IT!



Ultimate Barrel Racing Gift Guide

Coming soon theΒ  Gift Guide for Barrel Racers. Until then here is a great little sneak peak! Great gift ideas for those who love barrel racing! CanChasers can be a peculiar bunch to buy for ! Enjoy easy shopping let CanChasin.Com look for those precious presents that will keep them smiling all year long. Looking for something unique? Come back soon. Drop me an email and we will see what we can find :)!

I love this little ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>sign available in different sizes!

Everyone could use a little yard decor.

Think safety with Troxel and Fallon Taylor ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>stylish helmets!

Barrel Racers love practicing with these ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>Flex Barrels!

I dream of a new saddle

What saddle wouldn’t like having one of theses ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>5 star pads beneath it?

Look at this luvly little” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”> bracelet

” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>Wall Decor great for any GREAT Room

For the future ” rel=”nofollow”>Barrel Racer

Because everybody needs a drink… wouldn’t this set be lovely in a

gift basket

What barrel racer wouldn’t love to snuggle in this ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>comforter set?

Has anyone ever hear what is on this ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>shirt? I know I have.

Some of my personal favorite gift ideas include

Thank you for stopping by more great gifts coming soon!

My Christmas Wishlist Free Printable

Free Christmas Wishlist Download

Okay, Peeps This post may certainly end up under my blogging mistakes, a pinterest fails, yadayadayada.

However, this is a test I will reassure you it is okay!

Why you ask? How many of you caught my grammatical error?

WISHLIST IS NOT A WORD according to the Webster, and Urban dictionary.

The term wishlist is two words for those who like to be politaclly correct. i.e Wish List.

Bloggers all over the world are guilty of using the term wishlist in Pinterest posts, gift guides, etc.

Bam, What I know right ..When I was editing I should have paid just a little more attention.

Then I would not have to go back and redo this post.

However, since I want to utilize this post for future years around Christmas time I better get this little huge issue fixed.

There is not time like the present no pun intended to correct this post.

However, since this is a test I am going to let this post go live.

I want to make sure I am going thru all the proper steps for activating the printable so you can download future CanChasin Inspiration!

Thank you for your patience !

I just spent hours going over instruction again and again from blogger Tracy Lynn who hosts Simple Living Country Girl.

Tracy provides new bloggers instruction with her courses.

The class I am taking is how to create a lead magnet. Learning how to share a printable with your reader.

If I were to take a poll how many of you would have thought wishlist was indeed a word?

You know I am asking for a friend lol.

I know technically I am sure that lol is not a word either, but I am going to use it anyways.

The beauty of being a blogger you can print what ever your little heart desires!

Thank you for stopping by and come back soon for more CanChasin Inspiration!