Source: Valley Roadrunner

VC Stampede Rodeo announces Junior Barrel Racing event

April 24, 2014

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo is committed to the youth of the community and is offering a few rodeo events tailored to young ones who would like to get their feet wet in the sport of rodeo. One such event is Junior Barrel Racing.

Rodeo is not an adults-only sport – children enjoy rodeo competitions as well. The Junior Barrel Racing races are generally the same as the adult races but with a few “exceptions” for young riders and their horses.

There are many kids in the community who own horses and would like to compete in a professional rodeo atmosphere; however, they may not have an experienced barrel horse and may possess little-to-no barrel racing and rodeo experience. The Junior Barrel Racing event is tailored specifically for them.

Junior Barrel Racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a clover leaf pattern around three barrels, set up in a triangle pattern in the middle of an arena. At the junior level, both boys and girls are allowed to compete in this event. It combines the athletic ability of the horse and the horsemanship skills of a young cowboy or cowgirl.

Normally, riders compete to see who can run the barrel pattern the fastest without knocking over a barrel. The event is normally timed, but in this version of Junior Barrel Racing, riders will be competing mostly against themselves. Trying to get their horse around the barrels and back across the finish line will be a feat in and of itself.

The timer begins when the horse and rider cross the electronic eye and ends when the barrel pattern has been successfully executed and horse and rider cross back over the electronic eye. Always a crowd favorite, the cheering from the fans certainly helps these young cowboys and cowgirls get their horses through the course. All riders will earn a belt buckle for their hard work.

The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Junior Barrel Race competition is open to all contestants 12 years of age or younger. Contestants must be able to have full control of their horse throughout their barrel runs to perform in the rodeo performance.

The entry fee is $30 and parents must sign a liability waiver to allow their children to participate. Helmets are required. Entry is limited to the first 20 riders who sign up. Due to the popularity of this event, it is recommended to mail in the required entry forms (see list below) as soon as possible as the available slots will fill up quickly.

Entry forms are available on the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo website: For entry to be accepted, send in:

1. Completed and signed release/entry Form

2. Proof of Medical Insurance

3. Check or money order payable to: Valley Center Rodeo.

Entries must be postmarked by May 12, 2014. Mail completed entry and required forms to: Madelyn Wagner - 13878 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center.

For more information on this event, contact Wagner at

If you or your business is interested in sponsoring the Junior Barrel Racing event, you will be rewarded with publicity as well as gratitude from the young cowboys and cowgirls as they show off their courage and talents. For more information on how to become a rodeo sponsor, contact Chairwoman Joyce Holmes at (760) 445-1723 or email her at