This event, like most barrel races, has some rules. The rider must be 12 years and under and ride a pony that Is 56 inches and under; the best part is that there is no entry fee. In order to qualify and make the top 8, you must run in the prelims at the Ft. Madison Saddle Club Arena on the Tuesday before the rodeo. Curt Hagey, formerly from Illinois, now resides in Stephenville, TX, and ran in the first race. Curt says it was so cool to run in front of so many people and under those big lights, and it’s a memory he will never forget. Isiah Wenig, who qualified several times in the 90s, said it was the highlight of his year and now enjoys his kids running in the race. Jeff & Kelli Metcalf, who have kept the event going for the past 20 years, say kids from Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri look forward to this each year. The top 8 fastest times will receive Belt Buckles and all kids running in the prelims receive T-shirts.
Eliminations will be run on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 5:30 PM SHARP in the Fort Madison Saddle Club Arena. Check-in will begin at 4:30 PM. There will be two go-rounds and the top 8 will advance to run Thursday, September 7th, or Friday, September 8th at the Tri-State Rodeo. Following eliminations, a draw will determine which night you shall run. Four will run once on Thursday and the other four will run once on Friday. Riders will place 1st through 4th each night and each will receive a belt buckle. Ponies must be 56 inches and under and the rider must be 12 years old or under as of January 1, 2023. Each contestant must enter his or her best pony because each contestant can only enter one time on one pony. Contestants cannot share ponies.
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pee wee barrels
** ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY AUGUST 15, 2023. THERE ARE NO ENTRY FEES. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE TAKEN ON-SITE DAY OF THE EVENT.
Due to time constraints, riders must be able to complete the pattern on their own, with NO leading riders through the pattern.
Each contestant will receive a t-shirt; the top 8 will receive a belt buckle.