The cowgirl’s cloverleaf patterned barrel race is fast, exciting and easily understood. In barrel racing, quick turns at high speed are required to win, and times are so fast and close they are measured in hundredths of a second. A 5-second penalty is given for each barrel knocked down, and the rider is disqualified if the pattern is run incorrectly. More than in any other rodeo contest, horse and rider coordination are vital to success. In other rodeo timed events, it’s common practice for contestants to borrow horses and win, but not here. Barrel horses are great athletes, with exceptional drive, speed and agility and they must train with their rider.