Flickrfan: Heading for home – barrel racer – Parada del Sol Rodeo

December 3, 2009

Heading for home - barrel racer - Parada del Sol Rodeo, flickrfan, al_hikesaz, arizona, scottsdale, phoenix, historic, parada del sol, prca, rodeo, 2009, westworld, equidome, cowgirl, horse, western, barrel racing, full, gallop, barrel, racing, professional, galloping, action, sports, racer, southwest,photo by Al_HikesAZ on FlickrFan Stan's site licensed under Creative Commons

Photographed by Al_HikesAZ

"[Barrel racing] combines the horse’s athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely and successfully maneuver a horse through a clover leaf pattern around three barrels (typically three fifty-five gallon metal or plastic drums) placed in a triangle in the center of an arena." Wikipedia

I am always impressed watching these cowgirls in the Barrel racing competition. And these horses can easily cost over $60,000. I have a lot of respect for their skill. I can ride, but I can’t ride anywhere near this level.

The Parada del Sol Rodeo is held annually in the Equidome at Westworld in Scottsdale. The 56th Annual Parada del Sol Rodeo was a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association ( PRCA ) Sanctioned Rodeo. Each performance consisted of bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and bull riding.

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