2023-2024 Rules



  1. Eligibility for awards in the buckle series consists of four (4) volunteer hours and four (4) out of the six (6) races.
  2. Races that are not a part of the series will not be eligible for points in any series.
  3. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the series at an awards ceremony. If you are not present to receive your prizes and are have not made arrangements for a delegate to pickup your awards, you will forfeit your awards and they will be presented to the next person in the runnings.
  4. Contestant shall be responsible for any rule infraction incurred by anyone within their party and subject to fines and disqualification.
  5. Trainers shall be responsible for any rule infraction incurred by their students and are responsible for ensuring any fines are paid.
  6. Classes are determined by the age of the entrant as of August 1st of the given year:
    1. PeeWee – 0 — 18 Walk, trot, beginner canter. Show management reserves the right to require a child run in youth if they are able to successfully run the pattern without any hindrance or inhibitions.
    2. Youth - 0 — 18
    3. Adults – 18 — 39
    4. Senior — Age 40+
  7. Grounds: No alcohol is permitted on the rodeo grounds as posted by the facility.
  8. Grounds: Contestants should clean up their area and place garbage in the appropriate receptacle.
  9. Payout: Whipping Wild will use Barrel Race America software to manage the times, placement, and payout.
  10. Payout: 70/30 and added money will be applied at 100%
  11. Payout: Monies will redistribute should divisions or positions not place
  12. Payout: A $5 administrative fee will be taken from each class that pays out.
  13. Pre-enter: Pre-entry will open on the Monday prior to race day and conclude on the Friday at 5pm prior to race day.
  14. Pre-enter: The pre-draw will be posted on Friday night before midnight
  15. Pre-enter: Draw-outs must be done by Saturday at 11:59pm before race day. After 11:59 pm on Saturday entry fees are due.
  16. Check in: On race day, be sure to check in before your run. Failure to check in will result in a scratch
  17. Check in: Cash payment is due at check in
  18. Check in: All horse/rider changes must be made at check in
  19. Check in: The books will close for registration and changes at 12pm, pre-entered contestants must be paid by 1230pm. Under no circumstances will entries be taken for a class after the first horse in that class has entered the arena.
  20. Dress code: No spaghetti tops, crop tops, shorts, sandals or sneakers. Short or long sleeve shirts and jeans or long pants and boots.
  21. Helmets: All minors 16 and under must wear a helmet per state law.
  22. Barrel Race Rules
    1. NO unsportsmanlike conduct will be tolerated at any Whipping Wild events. Any act deemed prejudicial to the best interests of Whipping Wild may result in the suspension of a competitor, including but not limited to the following:
      1. Using abusive or intemperate language or attempting to threaten, bribe, influence or harass any contestant, show official. Also, any remarks made with the intent to cast aspersions on the character or integrity of a Whipping Wild official, show official, or facility owner.
      2. Moving or attempting to move markers at any time.
      3. Use of electronic and/or remotely controlled devices to alter the outcome of a run.
      4. Abuse of a horse in any way.
      5. Competing while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
      6. Other conduct that is not in the best interest of Whipping Wild, its Officials or its members.
      7. Whipping Wild and or Show Management at their sole discretion shall have the authority to disqualify or deny entry to any horse they deem dangerous to the rider, or to other individuals, animals or property.
    2. Any participant who competes out of turn will be disqualified
    3. Knocking over a barrel results in a no time, this includes if the barrel is knocked over and stands itself up again on either end ‘out of position’.
    4. Touching a barrel, to keep it from falling is permitted without penalty
    5. Going off pattern results in a no time
    6. Contestants given a no-time may complete the pattern. Show management may, at its discretion ask a rider who is taking excessive time to leave the arena.
    7. There will be no reruns if a horse or rider falls before the pattern has been completed. This run will result in a no time
    8. Show management has the right to disqualify any horse/rider combination that does not begin the performance within three minutes of the time the rider has been called.
    9. An electronic timer will be used for all rides. Should the timer not function, a rerun will be immediately performed after the event is complete, after a drag, or at the show manager’s discretion.
    10. The entrants will not conduct any outside business without prior approval of the show manager
    11. Any person conducting business and/or receiving funds on the premises will be subject to vendor fees.
    12. No rider substitutions will be permitted after check-in. Misidentifying a horse in any Whipping Wild class will disqualify a contestant
    13. Contestant may enter any number of horses per division, but a horse can only run once per class.
      Exception: For PeeWee or Youth classes only, siblings may share a horse, however that horse may only run twice during a given class. The exception requires show management approval.
    14. Any question or disputes that arise during the show, not covered by the governing rulebook will be settled by the show manager whose decision will be final.
  23. Volunteer time:
    1. Four (4) hours are required to be eligible for awards
    2. All hours will be tracked in a spreadsheet maintained by Whipping Wild Management and available via the website.
    3. Volunteers must have half of their hours in by the fourth race to remain eligible for awards.
  24. Standings:
    1. The fastest time in each division per class will receive ten points. The next fastest time will receive nine points and so on and so forth until the tenth fastest time in the division receives one point. If there aren’t enough members to receive all ten points, then only the top members will receive points. If there is a tie, then the members with the same fastest time will receive the same numeric value of points. However, the points would skip a number before being allocated to the next fastest time.
    2. The point system restarts for each division within each class.
    3. The point system is based on the horse and rider combination. Example: If Lisa and Fancy get times and the 1D they will accumulate points, however, if Lisa opts to ride Mojo and they also get times in the 1D, then she will start to accumulate two sets of points one set on Mojo and the original set on Fancy.
    4. The highest points in each division and class at the end of the series will reflect the winners. If there is a tie for a buckle, the tie will be broken by the faster horse/rider combination or flip of a coin.
    5. Classes eligible for points:
      1. Poles 1D
      2. PeeWee 1D, 2D, 3D
      3. Open 1D, 2D, 3D, 4D
      4. Youth 1D, 2D, 3D
      5. Adults 1D, 2D, 3D
      6. Master 1D, 2D, 3D
    6. Awards are based off standings and qualifications (Number of volunteer hours and races run).
    7. The top three (3) in each division will receive prizes

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