Frequently Asked Questions:
How do the Divisions work?
We have five divisions:
Open – any age, compete for points
Rodeo – any age, compete for money earned
Youth – up to 18 years of age as of Jan 1, compete for points
Senior – ages 50 and up as of Jan 1, compete for points
PeeWee – age 10 and under as of Jan 1, compete for points
The Open division is our largest. Anyone can compete in the Open division. You can compete in
both the Open and Rodeo divisions, for example, or both the Youth and Rodeo divisions. However,
you may not compete in both the Youth and Open or PeeWee and Youth division at the same time.
The Rodeo division is for members who compete for money earned rather than points (does not
have to be a rodeo). The top 10 winners in each division win awesome year end awards! You
specify a division when you join for the year by circling the appropriate division(s) on the
How do points work?
With the Open, Youth, Senior and PeeWee division, you turn in points each month by the 10th of the
month via email or mail. With the Rodeo division you turn in money earned rather than points, but the
basic concept is the same. Points are earned at any barrel race, jackpot, WSCA show, rodeo, etc. where
you placed in the top 10 in your class/division. We are the only organization in the state that counts
points/money at any show you attend. Unless, however, there is an MBRA points show on that same
day. If we have a show, we do not count points or money from other events in order to encourage more
participation at our own events.
Here is an example… If you finish in the top 10 at a jackpot in the Open in any of the 1D, 2D, 3D, 4D,
you should count all the riders that ran slower than you or were disqualified. So if there were 40 people
who ran slower and/or knocked, you count yourself plus 40 = 41 points. You are allowed to count 2 runs
per day, whether you ride the same horse twice or multiple horses, doesn’t matter. You are allowed a
max of 8 runs per week. So count your best runs!
Point slips are available online for you to print. You should fill out your point slip and mail/email it in by
the 10th of the month (earlier if possible) and our points team will verify it and count the points for you.
We require a signature from the club running the show if it is not one of our shows (just ask them at the
office to sign your points slip). If results are online you can just provide the link to the online results
instead of bugging them in the office for a signature. If you do something wrong or have questions,
don’t worry, our points team will let you know how it’s done!
What is the 1D, 2D, 3D, 4D format?
The 4D format is a great way to encourage competition at many levels of speed and experience at a
barrel race. Whether you and your horse are just starting out, or a seasoned professional, you have a
shot at winning some dough!
The 1D time is set by the fastest run of that particular class, for example the fastest run in the Open class
will get 1st in the 1D, and will win the largest % of money for that class. The 2D is determined by the half
second split, or .5 seconds slower than the 1D winner. For example, if 1st in the 1D was a 14.5 second
run, then the 2D is 15.0, the 3D is 15.5, and the 4D is 16.0. Each are .5 seconds slower than the last ‘D’
with a half second split. Some barrel races use a full second split for the 4D instead. In this case, if the
1D is a 14.5, the 2D would be a 15.0, the 3D would be 15.5, and the 4D would then be 16.5 a full second
slower. MBRA uses the half second split at our shows. Check the flier to be sure whether it is a half or
full second split, depending upon the organization hosting the show.
What if it is not a 4D format show (WSCA show)?
WSCA Shows do not use a 4D format, but still count for points as long as we do not have an MBRA show
on that same day. You do not need to figure out the 1D, 2D, etc. You can count points for the class you
were entered in by counting the total number of entries that were in the class or you can ask the office
for the total number in the class. For example, if you are in the Intermediate Barrels class and placed 1st
in the class, you would count points for the total # of Intermediates you competed against and would
get that amount of points (1st out of 40 entries = 40 points).
How does the Fundraising work?
We have two types of membership options: With and Without Fundraising. If you choose to join with
Fundraising, membership fees are less but you are required to get donations by July 31st from any
businesses, stores, local tack shops, etc. in the form of money, gift cards, “stuff” for awards, prizes, etc.
The donation must total at least $80 for a single membership and $120 for a family membership. If you
do not raise the required amount you will not be eligible for year-end awards or Match Race
participation. It is really pretty easy to come up with ways to raise donations. You can buy items for our
silent auction or donate items that can be used as awards at our barrel races. Businesses may want to
donate money/merchandise to have their business card featured in our newsletters, or may want to
donate money to have a banner featured at our jackpots. Check out our sponsor letter online on the
Forms page for more details.
How do I join?
Print the membership form online, fill it out and mail it to the address listed on the form, or bring it to
one of our shows. (Check online events page for show dates)!