CC5D Barrel Race Rules & Guidelines


2. NEGATIVE COGGINS are required at all Lone Star Arena Events.
Be prepared to show.

We will do our best to accommodate NECESSARY special requests. We will not aid anyone in receiving a select place in the draw or a preferred spot on the ground, but will accommodate for the following reasons; *If a contestant is running multiple horses, we will do our best to give the contestant, at least, 1 hour or approximately 60 runs between horses.  The contestant can make an alternate request, and if possible, we will accommodate. *If a contestant is traveling with a partner, we will do our best to make sure the contestants run within approximately 100 runs of each other.  A contestant can make an alternate request, and if possible, we will accommodate. Make sure to note “traveling buddies” on the entry form. *If a contestant needs to run later in the evening, pre-enter, and note on the entry to “draw with the late draws”.  The request will be granted to the best of our ability.

Late entries will be drawn up until approximately 2 hours prior to the end of the race or at the time the office secretaries deem it necessary to fill holes.  After this time, the entrants will be given the next available position to assure that all holes are filled. If there are any holes, we will move up all runs at approximately 1 hour prior to the end of the race or when the books are closed; the new run numbers will be announced.

The Main Race is a 5D format (1/2 second split between divisions) with 75% progressive payback (percentages- 28%, 24%, 20%, 16%, and 12%). Each Main Race is separate unless noted differently on the entry blank.

Incentive Races are side pots with carryover time from the event’s Main Race. The contestant will make one run per race and that run/time carries over from the event’s Main Race to the rider's Incentive Race. Incentive Race results will be determined after Main Race results and office work is completed. Incentive Races will be a 4-D format (1/2 split between divisions), with 75% progressive payback (30%, 27%, 23%, and 20%). Youth Incentive: ages 17 & Under, Adult Incentive: ages 18 – 49, Senior Incentive: ages 50+.

For events with Dress Code: Contestant's appearance must be neat, clean, and professional. All contestants must wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, western hat (minimum 2 1/2" Brim), and cowboy boots or equestrian sport shoes. Caps are NOT permitted. NOTE:If the hat falls off and lands in the alleyway or arena, a $10 Dress Code Fine will be assessed. Helmets are not required, but all contestants are encouraged to wear one. Any contestant not wearing the proper attire in the arena will be assessed a $25 fine. Periodically, other options or Dress Code modifications for certain events will be announced on an individual basis by Lone Star Arena Management.

A contestant may substitute a horse in the barrel race; however, if the horse is already entered, the contestant cannot change draw position or run the horse in the same section. Any horse substitution must be made with the show secretary in writing using the Change Form before the first horse runs. All horse changes must be submitted on a Change Form and a $10 fee will apply.

Any rider substitution/change must be made with the show secretary in writing using the Change Form before the first horse runs.  There is a $10 change order fee.  If the rider is not already entered in the race, the $20.00 processing fee must be paid.

Contestants switching draw positions on their horses will receive a NO TIME. If a contestant runs out of turn or falsely uses another contestant's name, they will receive a NO TIME.

Selling a run is not allowed. (Both 10 and 11 can be handled with the barrel race secretary, and it will be official.)

A refund will be granted to all contestants regardless of the reason less a $25 per horse service fee.  The “Draw-Out Form” must be completed and returned to the show secretary no later than 4:00 p.m. the Friday of the Warm-Up Race, and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday to receive a refund. After those listed times, no refunds will be given for any reason. Refunds will be mailed following the show after all checks have cleared.

If a contestant is in the holding pen and attempts to enter the arena but is unable to get the horse down the alleyway or chooses to not come when his/her name is called, after the second call, the gate man will give the rider 60 seconds to enter the arena. At the end of 60 seconds if the horse has not broken the plane at the end of the alleyway into the area, the rider will be disqualified.

Only one horse may be in the arena or alleyway at any time during competition. A contestant can have someone assist them into the alley (only) but must immediately exit the alley before the contestant turns the 2nd barrel, or the rider will receive a $10 fine. The rider will be given a no time if the person assisting crosses the plane of the alley into the arena.  The gate man will enforce these rules implicitly.                                                                    

Any time a contestant crosses the starting line, the time will begin.

A $10.00 fine will be enforced.  At the announcer’s discretion, the barrel that was circled more than once may be drug to be fair to the next contestant.

When competing, you cannot go back and redo any part of the pattern that has been completed Contestants who are given a "no time,” either for breaking the pattern or knocking down a barrel, may complete the pattern. However, show management may, at its discretion, ask a rider who is taking excessive time to train to leave the arena immediately. If such request is not complied with, a $25 fine may be assessed.

18. NO TIME 
A "No Time" will be given to the contestant for the following reasons: *If the contestant runs out of turn. It is the contestant's responsibility to know their draw position. (Exception: Fault of the producer). * If the contestant "circles" their horse after entering or exiting the arena. (Definition of the Arena is past the plane of the alley). *If a contestant knocks over a barrel. A "no time" will also be given if a barrel is knocked over and it sets up again on either end. Touching a barrel, including keeping it from falling, is permitted without penalty. *If the contestant's horse or rider falls during the run in such a manner as to break the pattern, or if the rider falls off the horse after entering past the plane of the alley. *Unable to get horse in arena in 60-second time limit. *If a horse stops forward motion.

If a barrel is moved off its marker during competition, the barrel must be reset prior to the next competitor's run.

Re-runs shall be granted if the official and backup timer both fail to work properly, unless a barrel has been turned over resulting in a no-time. If the barrels are not placed properly on their markers, a re-run shall also be granted without any penalties being applied; however, any penalty occurring on the re-run shall result in a no time. If a rider feels that they have been fouled or compromised in any way, it is the rider's responsibility to pull up and declare the foul to the gate man.

All contestants and their family members are expected to display good sportsmanship at all times. No level of abuse toward any animal at this event will be allowed. Foul language, misconduct, or abusive comments spoken to any contestant, spectator, staff member, or arena personnel will result in an immediate contestant disqualification and no refund on entry fees.

If any contestants’ times are tied, the prize money will be equally split. Numbered poker chips will be drawn for prize distribution, and prizes will be awarded based on the order of highest to lowest, with the highest number receiving the largest prize.

To receive money, a contestant must have a W9 on file. W9s will be available in the Entry Office, and a contestant may stop by and fill one out, or the W9 can be emailed to It is best if contestants pick-up their prizes at the event, but if not, they will be mailed to the address on the entry form.  Any awards not claimed at the conclusion of the race, will be mailed COD to the winning person at their request or held for 30 days. After 30 days, the unclaimed awards will be forfeited.  All checks must be cashed/deposited with-in 60 days, or all monies will be forfeited.

There is a $40 service charge on all returned checks from the bank, for any reason. If a check is not replaced with a cashier’s check or money order within 30 days after the check is dated, the contestant will be put on the "ineligible" list.

Any act deemed prejudicial to the best interests of Lone Star Arena may result in the disqualification of the contestant, with no refund of entry fees. The contestant may also be placed upon an "ineligible" list. These acts may include but are not limited to the following: *Using abusive or intemperate language or attempting to threaten, bribe, influence, or harass any contestant, spectator, staff member, or arena personnel. Also, any remarks made with the intent to cast aspersions on the character or integrity of a Lone Star staff member or management member. *Moving or attempting to move markers at any time. *Use of electronic and/or remotely controlled devices to alter the outcome of a run. *Abuse of a horse in any way either on the ground or in the saddle *Competing while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. *Misidentifying a horse in any barrel race class. *Misidentifying a rider in any barrel race class. *Other conduct that is not in the best interest of Lone Star Arena or its contestants. *Failure to make good on a returned check. *Lone Star Arena Management at their sole discretion shall have the authority to disqualify or deny entry to any horse they deem dangerous to the rider, or to other individuals, animals or property.

Safety is the prime objective at this barrel race. If a rider has a horse that could be dangerous to other contestants or to them self, or other horses, DO NOT come to this barrel race. Any horse or contestant deemed to be dangerous by the management of Lone Star Arena will be disqualified and entry fees will not be refunded.

Lone Star Arena reserves the right to postpone any barrel race due to a natural or manmade disaster or any event that affects public safety. We do not like to put these conditions on any event, but feel it is not fair if only a small percentage of barrel racers can attend. Any monies collected will be refunded. If any event is postponed, we will reschedule it for a future date. No postponement or cancellation will be made due to a lack of entries.