New format for weekend races – starting May 15, 2021

While we love the session format, it is simply not conducive to having people available to run the gate, write times down, announce, and set barrels all day, so I’ve decided we have to make a change to our race format.
Starting Saturday, May 15 at R Bar B, we will have TWO sessions – a morning one starting at 9:30 a.m. and and afternoon one starting at 12:30 p.m. (or as close to that as possible). We will start exhibitions for the morning session at 9:30 a.m., then run 50 open/youth/senior runs in the morning session. After that, we’ll open the arena for 5 minutes for those in the afternoon (hopefully 12:30 p.m.) session, then run another set of exhibitions followed by as many open/youth/senior runs as we need to finish the race.
Here’s the new schedule for our weekend races (except June 13 at Burlington, which will have 10:30 & 1:30 session times).
9:30 session – Exhibitions, 50 jackpot runs (open, youth, senior all in same draw, peewee added to end of any drag) There is no “open arena” time for this session because outdoor arenas are open for riding at approximately 9 a.m. as long as you don’t run over the folks staking the pattern.
12:30 session – 5 minutes open arena, exhibitions, 50 jackpot runs (open, youth, senior all in same draw, peewee added to end of any drag) We will add runs past 50 in this session as needed but will NOT do any exhibition runs or open arena time after the start of the Afternoon (12:30) session.
The entry forms will all be updated to reflect the two sessions. If you MUST run early or late, please just note it in the entry comments and I will do my best to accommodate those requests.
Hopefully the new format still gives contestants some flexibility to do more than one thing in a day as many of you have been able to do while also providing us a larger worker pool so the same people aren’t running the gate/office/setting barrels all day – or most importantly, one person isn’t setting multiple barrels or running the gate and setting barrels.
I truly appreciate those of you who jump in and help whenever needed. We could not run these large barrel races without people helping throughout the day.
– Melanie