The Rules

THIS IS A BRAND NEW SPORT AND RULES, as with any dog sport, WILL BE A BIT DIFFERENT FROM THE CLUB HOSTING THE COMPETITION.

As with Weight Pulling, Agility and other competitive dogs sports, small dogs should have smaller barrels as well as barrels set at closer ranges. I also believe that when this sport really takes off, there should be weight/size/height classes. A short legged dog could not compete as well as a larger longer legged dog. But broke into classes, what fun this could be.


GENERAL RULES

Barrel shall be free standing so that if a dog would hit the barrel the barrel would "give" or knock down not causing injury to the dog. Nothing at all should be put on top of or inside of the barrels used for the dogs.

There shall be a clearly marked Finish Line. Flour poured out along a line measured is highly recommended.

Dog Barrel Racing is never run on pavement. When run indoors a mat or carpet shall be provided so that dogs are not slipping on flooring.


BARREL PLACEMENT

Barrel Racing Pattern

This is the current placement for the barrels for Barrel Racing Dogs. (10/10) I highly recommend that smaller dogs barrels are set closer together then what is shown for distance in this diagram my husband created for us here. As I said before, different classes for different sized dogs. This decision is left up to the Judge and or Club holding the event based on the total number of dogs participating.


COMPETING DOGS

Dog must be a minimum of 12 months old to compete.

A dog must be in good health and physical condition to compete running barrels. Each owner must bring proof of current rabies inoculation to the event. A copy of rabies inoculation must be left with show secretary.

Each dog should be wearing a flat collar.

No pinch and or choke collars may be on the dog as it runs it's "go round".

No hanging leashes of any type may be attached to the dog's collar as it runs it's "go round".

Friendly well socialized dogs will be best at competition. Overly aggressive dogs are not welcome at events.

Females in heat, pregnant females and or females nursing puppies are not able to compete at events.

Every breed, or mix thereof, is welcome to compete.


THE CLASSES

Bareback Dogs

Dogs without a saddle or rider. This competitor will wear only a flat collar with or without tags attached. No leashes, no outfit. Neckerchief and or Bandanna are allowed, but tie must not be so long it flaps in the dogs eye(s). This class is broken down into height of each dog. Any dog may compete in both BareBack and Saddle Classes.

Dogs up to 15" tall at the wither/top of the shoulder blade behind neck

Dogs 16" to 29" tall at the wither/top of the shoulder blade behind neck

Dogs 30" and up tall at the wither/top of the shoulder blade behind neck

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Saddle & Rider

Dogs with a saddle and or rider. Saddle must fit correctly. Rider must be secure to the saddle as not to come loose and or hang down and distract the dogs "go round". This competitor will wear only a flat collar with or without tags attached. No leashes of any type. Neckerchief and or Bandanna are allowed, but tie must not be so long it flaps in the dogs eye(s). This class is broken down into height of each dog. Any dog may compete in both BareBack and Saddle Classes.

Dogs up to 15" tall at the wither/top of the shoulder blade behind neck

Dogs 16" to 29" tall at the wither/top of the shoulder blade behind neck

Dogs 30" and up tall at the wither/top of the shoulder blade behind neck

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Novice Class

This class is for the dogs that are trained to run barrels, but have never run barrels in competition before. And or those that have but are not ready to move up to other classes. However, once this dog has won an award in this class it can not take a placement again. Novice Dogs run without a saddle, rider or bandanna. The dog must wear a flat collar. only.

This class is not usually broken down into height categories, but is run by all size dogs as in one class. (reason: should not be as many dogs entered.) If many dogs enter, this class may or may not be broken down by sizes of the dogs.

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On Leash

These dogs are running the barrels with a human helper. The dog may be on or off leash. The human may run all the way around the barrels or just send the dog with voice and or hand signals. No choke or pinch collars allowed, flat collars, with our without tags attached only. No saddles, riders or bandannas.

If the dog is off leash it must be under human's voice commands and not running wildly out of control.

Timing on this class ends when the dog and (when running with the dog) human cross the finish line. When dog is on voice control, timing ends when dog crosses the finish line.

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Fun Classes

You might find that at many Barrel Racing Events there will be Fun Event Classes. Classes such as "Best Saddle", "Cutest Rider", "Best Costume", and perhaps other Doggie Games at the event. Since these are not timed events, but opinions, these classes may be judged by the Barrel Judge, by an assigned panel of three people or by the whooping and hollering as well as clapping of the spectators and competitors. Whether your dog wears a saddle to run the event or not, it can still participate in the Saddle and Rider Fun Class. This class has nothing to do with how they ran or how they looked in the Barrel Racing Classes. Find out ahead of time if any other classes will be available and be ready to participate.


TIMING THE EVENT

Timing is the heart of this event. It is so important that the person timing is an alert and trusting person.

Two reliable Stop Watches are necessary for each event. One in use, one as backup. As important as the Stop Watch is the person using it. Many times the Judge at an event will want to do their own timing. Many times the Judge will ask for a Timer. It is up to the Judge to decide. If a Timer is called for, you will need someone that is not easily distracted, that is a trusting person, that will stay alert for the entire competition. This is also necessary for your Recorder (the person that records all the times, and calls the dogs to the starting line). These are very important jobs.

The Competition Time starts as soon as the Event Judge gives the or says "Go". At that moment the dog owner/trainer will give the dog the command to take off and run the barrels. When the dog's head crosses the finish line (that shall be well marked at the end of the course) Timing shall stop.

If you are fortunate enough to have the use of an Electronic Timer, all the better. This type of Timer would be the best to use.

In the event of a tie. There shall be a Tie Breaking Run by all dogs with the same time.


DISQUALIFICATIONS

Any overly aggressive dog will be asked to leave the premises. If a dog shows aggression toward any human being, is overly aggressive toward other dogs, or growls at an event judge for any reason.

Any dog with a limp or other health concerns. If noticed at the site, judges have the last word on whether this dog will compete or not on that day.

Dogs taking steroids for skin or other aliments.

Any dog that soils the competition area. Owner must clean area soiled and clean it well. Barrels, if urinated on, must be sprayed and wiped down very well.

Females in heat.

Pregnant females.

Females nursing puppies.

Refusal to run barrels. Dogs are given two opportunities to "go" and run the barrels. If the dog, on the second go, after 10 seconds, does not take off and run the barrels, it will be disqualified from the class.

Dogs running the clover leaf barrel pattern incorrectly will be given one other second chance. If run wrong on the second "go" the dog is disqualified from the class.


SADDLES AND RIDERS

The saddle that a dog wears must fit the dog properly and must not impede movement of the dog in any way.

Any saddle that a dog might wear in competition must fit the dog snugly. It must have a strap at the breast or neck or collar and another strap around the girth. It must not flop or fall to the side as the dog moves.

If the saddle has a rider aboard the rider must be small enough to fit the saddle and stay put as the dog moves. The rider must not fall to the side as the dogs moves. The rider must not have large hanging legs or arms that go straight out to the sides that might interfere with the barrels as the dog runs.


TITLES DOGS CAN EARN

When this sport grows in popularity there will be titles to earn.


EVENT WORKERS

Event workers are responsible for the event location, equipment, insurance, and paper work.

An area free and clear of outside obstacles other then the barrels must be large enough for large dogs to have a clean run without interference. A fenced area is preferred but not mandatory.

Three matching 30 gallon or 55 gallon barrels shall be at each event. The matching barrels shall be in good repair and balanced. Nothing shall be set on top of the barrels as it might come off and fall on a dog or person.

A hand held timer, or hanging clock, with a 10th of a second recorder is a must for competition.

Measuring devices must be provided by event hosts. A wicket is recommended but other measuring device accepted.

A bucket or spray bottle with soapy water and paper towels shall be provided by hosting club for cleaning any areas that might become soiled by the dogs.

Recorders will need a table and chair or clip board so that all paper work can be completed at the site and time of the event.


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