Note - All Star events are run under ABHA rules which will take precedent over any All Star individual rules should there be a conflict on rulings.
All Star Barrel Racing Series Rules
1. Competitors may go either to the right or the left barrel first, but must take one right and two left turns or one left and two right turns
2. Knocking a drum – An automatic 5 second penalty will apply for knocking over a barrel. You are able to touch or hold the drum with your hand however once the drum is completely on the ground you cannot raise it up.
3. Illegal pattern – Competitors will be disqualified for not following the pattern or crossing your own path. Touching the barrel is permitted
4. Barrel penalty – Should a barrel be knocked over and is set up again on the opposite side a 5 sec penalty will still apply.
5. Score line – The starting and finishing line and the position for the barrels must be marked permanently for the entire contest. The time starts when horses’ nose passes the score line both ways.
7. Re-runs – Should for any reason the barrels not be placed on the markers or timers are not in correct position the event or the competitors who competed on the incorrectly marked course must be re-run with everything in correctly positioned.
8. Barrel marker positions – The promoters and judge on the day of the event are responsible for setting the barrel course at a size suitable to the arena conditions. The course should, as a general rule, be set to enable the largest possible course to be set provided the ground and arena is safe for such. The course MUST remain the same for the entire class. It can be changed in position for each class if this will add to create a better surface quality.
9. Time set for re-run – Should this happen competitors and judges should be notified, judges and arena directors will set time for re-run. This would usually happen occur at the end of that block or the end of the entire Barrel Race.
10. Drums – Drums must be 44 gallon size (empty) and at least closed at one end. The top end of the drum MUST be a closed end.
11. Vet/Visual out – If a competitor desires to withdraw for any reason, e.g.: veterinary certificate, the decision will be left to the discretion of the promoters.
12. Turning down a run – When a competitor turns down a run they will be disqualified on that horse for the entire event (ie: no round money paid out) except in case of a veterinary certificate or the sighting of an unhealthy horse.
13. Completing the course – Timers are to be informed that clocks are not to be stopped until the competitor has completed the course or in the event of an accident.
14. Number of entries – A contestant may compete on as many horses as desired in any event, but each horse is restricted to one run per class. A horse can be run in both Junior and Open classes at one show but may not run twice in any one class. The only time this is excusable is in a Junior event where DIRECT family members may share the same horse. This is limited to the one horse competing twice only and no more in the one Junior class.
15. Exercising in the arena – Before commencement of competition horses may be exercised in arena until specified time with the approval of the promotors or arena director. This may be in the form of paid practise runs or open arena. Any member abusing this privilege may be removed from the arena by committee or arena director. Further disciplinary action may be taken.
16. Difference between clocks – If there is a .5 second difference between clocks, the competitor is to have the option of re-run only if a clear round is run.
17. Hat – To be cleared from Arena before next run. $5 hat fine applies to each hat that falls off whilst competing. This is payable to the promoter of the event at their discretion.
18. Full course – Where a full course can be fitted in the arena it must be marked. 1st and 2nd Barrels must be at least 4.5 meters from the fence with the 3rd barrel being a min. of 6 metres from the fence. Timers to be set allowing a safe stoppping distance.
19. Animal abuse – Hitting horses around head, or excessive use of whip, over and under in Barrel Race competition will result in disqualification for the duration of the competition. Ruled by judges and/or disputes committee. There will be no refund of entry fees.
20. Whipping – More than two whips between entry and 1st drum, more then two whips between barrels and four whips coming home, or more then two contacts between entry and first drum, more then two contacts between drums and four contacts coming home with an over and under will result in disqualification. Ruled by Judge. There will no refund of entry fees.
21. Electronic timer failure – If electric eye fails to work for more than one half of the contest in an entire go-round, the back up (manual) recorded times will be the official times for all contestants in that go round. When manual clocks are used the times should be to the hundredth of a second. Two clocks must be used. If one clock fails, time will be taken from the remaining clock, a back up clock is to be used where possible. Average time from two clocks to be official judges’ time.
22. Judges ruling is law, there will be no arguing with the judges/directors decisions at competitions as it can lead into an automatic disqualification. With no refund of entry fees or points towards any other associations score boards
23. Dress rules – Competitors competing at classic events must wear suitable long sleeved shirt, hat, boots and jeans in arena at all times. They must be neat and presentable. This applies to 30mins after the event and 30 mins prior.
24. Safety helmets – Junior or juvenile competitors under 18 years of age, must wear an Australian Standards Association approved helmet with the chin strap securely fastened when competing in all events.
25. Allstar Barrel Racing Promotions is a privately owned business that holds the right to refuse any participants from competing within competitions / events, and also the right to change rules and regulations at any given time. We would like to remind everyone that any offensive behaviour that we find inappropriate in anyway will not be tolerated and the perpetrator can be refused entry into any future events as we see fit. We would like to remind you that as a private organised event, if you do not like the way things are presented, although opinions are valued, our decisions on subjects are final.
Divisional barrel racing, using the 4 D format gives ALL competitors, irrespective of age, skill level or experience the chance to compete, learn & succeed in barrel racing. The Divisional format encourages riders to improve their skills & work towards the higher Division, while still having a chance to be competitive and take home awards and prizemoney.
Whether you're an experienced rodeo competitor, a weekend jackpot competitor, a pony club rider or a beginner barrel racer then the 4D concept is right for you.
All riders, regardless of ability, run the same 4D race. The 4 Divisions are then determined by time brackets. With the 4D format, the OVERALL fastest time of the race is used to set the time brackets for the 4 Divisions.
The number of riders who place in each "D" is determined by the number of entries on the day. The more entries, the more riders who go home with prizemoney. The amount of prizemoney on offer at any All Star event is determined by both the number of entries and whether the event was a Jackpot or whether it was an Added Money Event. More details coming soon.