ABCRA Rule changes
04 Mar 2016
Effective 17th of March 2016
One revolution (one roll back, tail turn) is permitted to start a pattern.
BARREL RACING - WHIPPING
Once entering the arena/alleyway/box, two (2) contacts with an under and over action or whips are allowed going to the first barrel, two (2) contacts or whips between the barrels and four (4) contacts or whips coming home are allowed. Exceeding any of these limits will be classed as “excessive” and will result in disqualification. This will be ruled on by a judge.
Barrel racing whips are to be no longer than 75cm in overall length including the flap. The leather flap is to be at least 50mm long and 18mm wide.
BARREL RACING - SPLIT ROUNDS
Split rounds may be used provided the course has been pre-marked with pegs, and a diagram showing the exact barrel course measurements is available (e.g. in case a peg has been pulled out during harrowing). This diagram shall also be posted or made available for competitors, when split rounds are used.
To record an official record, measurements, rules, equipment etc. must be checked and confirmed to be in order by both judges.
NOVICE RULE/BREAKING NOVICE STATUS
A novice competitor is also eligible to compete in open competition until such time as novice and open monies won and recorded have reached $4500.00. To enter an open bull ride competitor must be 16 years of age and have won $1000 in novice bull ride events.
The hazer is allowed a maximum of four (4) contacts with a whip or any other aid. Any penalty incurred will apply to the hazer.