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Barrel Racers?
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:46:12 PM »
How many of you know what a barrel racer is? Around here, (Central Florida) I can describe a character as a "barrel racer" and almost instantly everyone knows that the person is 97% likely to be female and in her teens or twenties. She is an equestrian and was probably brought up in a ranching family. Does this translate to anyone other than in the rural US? Can I use it in a description of a novel?

FWIW... a female equestrian from a wealthier family would be more likely to get into dressage or jumpers.

For those of you who don't know what barrel racing is, the typical description is "Pretty women on fast horses, what's not to like?"

Thank you.

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Re: Barrel Racers?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 02:56:27 PM »
I live in Ontario, Canada, and I definitely know what barrel racing is.
     

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Re: Barrel Racers?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 02:58:08 PM »
I would get it, but I grew up with horses (not the rural/rodeo scene, but I'm at least vaguely family with most equestrian sports). I'm not sure how much detail "barrel racer" would carry for most U.S. readers, much less for others around the world. I think I'd find a way to include a slug of info about the character, rather relying on the one term to carry everything.

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Re: Barrel Racers?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018, 03:16:00 PM »
Becca, That's what I was afraid of. I used the term on a local merchant and he instantly got it.

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Re: Barrel Racers?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 03:18:58 PM »
UK here - I'd see that term and picture a bloke sitting in a wooden barrel floating down a river, a little like in the Hobbit films.
 
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 03:31:35 PM »
I think most Americans get it. How is your story going? I started something on barrel racers once but I got bogged down in the competition levels, AQHA versus jackpot, points etc. etc.

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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 03:34:00 PM »
CO, some horses, ranchers, and equestrians around growing up, but it was never much my thing. I got it once I knew we were talking about horses, but was drawing a blank just from the words.

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Re: Barrel Racers?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2018, 03:38:58 PM »
I've never been around horses (I thought a pony was a young horse when I was in high school), never attended a riding competition, etc. but I know what a barrel racer is.

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Re: Barrel Racers?
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2018, 03:53:58 PM »
Same - I know what it is but never been around it.

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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2018, 04:25:51 PM »
Like others, I don't have any direct experience with rodeos, but I've heard enough about them to know what a barrel racer is.  I've seen it on TV a number of times over the years.  (I'm in the US, FWIW... east coast.)
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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2018, 04:29:41 PM »
I read about it in a book and that's why I know, but otherwise, I would have to google it (I live in Miami, BTW)
 

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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2018, 05:25:17 PM »
I watch Heartland; I know what it is. :) I'm sure in context, it will be pretty clear.

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Re: Barrel Racers?
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2018, 06:19:21 PM »
I live in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, and I grew up on the back of a horse (anywhere in Ohio is usually thirty minutes or less away from farmland, ha). I definitely know what a barrel racer is because I was one. My father has even been an invited participant of Quarter Horse Congress a few times in the past, though that's held farther up north. I don't ride horses anymore, but whenever I mention being a barrel racer in the past people generally know what it is. If the term doesn't ring a bell, explaining what barrel racers do definitely does (perhaps an idea for your novel?).

Now, the term "pole bender" definitely doesn't ring as many bells, and when I tell people I used to run flag races as well they have no idea what I'm talking about. But barrel racing is definitely one of the most recognized forms of Western horse sports.

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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2018, 07:04:53 PM »
I'm from the hunter/jumper world but definitely know what a barrel racer is...

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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2018, 07:17:34 PM »
Rural Canadians will definitely know what that is, and especially in the west.

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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2018, 07:40:06 PM »
I know what it is but that's because I used to do it in my 4-H competitions (despite being mainly a 3 day eventer/show jumper).  I think anyone familiar with horses in the USA will...

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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2018, 07:48:25 PM »
I'm in Indiana.  If you used the term 'barrel racer' I would think you meant a horse that does barrel racing.  I would have no idea what that term meant if applied to a person.


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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2018, 08:06:10 PM »
Nope.  Never grew up around horses or around anyone who owned horses, so I'm not familiar with the lingo.  I've probably heard the term before, but I couldn't tell you what it means.
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Re: Barrel Racers?
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2018, 08:24:05 PM »
I live in Ontario, Canada and definitely know what you mean when you say barrel racer. It's a common and understood term around here.

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Re: Barrel Racers?
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2018, 08:25:00 PM »
UK here - I'd see that term and picture a bloke sitting in a wooden barrel floating down a river, a little like in the Hobbit films.
LOL I did have that image flash before my eyes, but with horses thrown in the mix, I immediately got the image of horses racing around barrels and shaving it really close in heart panic inducing moments to get fast times. US here, and I've ridden a horse before and seen some rodeo stuff and know what dressage is.
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Re: Barrel Racers?
« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2018, 08:34:47 PM »
I suggest putting it in some kind of context and not just throwing it out there. I can't say I got the right picture although I knew it had to do with horses.

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« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2018, 08:42:51 PM »
It's foreign to me. I thought maybe it was one of those people who got in a barrel and jumped over a waterfall. We'd call them part of the pony club set.


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Re: Barrel Racers?
« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2018, 11:43:48 PM »
I immediately thought of hobbits. The book couldn't have known, but the extreme (and extremely silly) emphasis put on the scene by the movie made me think they were pre-marketing an upcoming video game. Which stuck the "racing" idea into my head, even though the term from the book was "barrel-rider" not barrel racer. My cousin rides horses and she jumps wooden hurdles (not sure what they're called), and that's about the extent of what I know about it.
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« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2018, 12:58:38 AM »
I'm in the UK and my first mental image was of Niagara Falls.

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« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2018, 03:09:10 AM »
I'm in the UK, and have never heard the expression before.

I thought it sounded like two things -

1. People getting into a barrel and racing down a hill.

2. A term for seeing who can be fastest to 'scrape the barrel'.

Thanks for the explanation, though!