Barrel Racing utilizes electric timers and three barrels set in a clover leaf pattern. Horse and rider may enter the arena at a leisurely pace, but when they run through the timers, they are full speed ahead. The rider can choose to go around the left or right barrel first. They then circle the opposite barrel, then the third and furthest and back to the finish line.
The fastest horse and rider to complete the clover leaf pattern wins.
The horse and rider can not break the set clover leaf pattern. If they do, it is means for automatic disqualification.
If a barrel is knocked over, it is a five (5) second penalty added to the final time.
The Sandpoint Rodeo Arena Record for Barrel Racing was set by Cheyenne Allan in 2018 with a time of 17.31 seconds.