Rules & Conditions
Embassy Suites - OKC Airport
1815 S Meridian
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Best Western Saddleback Inn
4300 SW 3rd (I-40 & Meridian)
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
(405) 947-7000 or (800) 228-3906
Frequently Asked Questions
We've compiled some information that will hopefully answer all your questions for move-in, check-in, exhibitions and much more. Before you call, please take a look at our Contestant FAQ's.
The State of Oklahoma and Oklahoma County in particular, has experienced a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the past few months. As a result, we are being required to implement the following protocols to help prevent the county from becoming a hot spot. We want everyone to know that our ability to ensure compliance with these protocols will directly affect our ability to have future events at the OKC Fairgrounds facilities!
Futurity Rider Guild Championship Futurity
Open to all horses aged 4 years and under who have not been entered in any barrel competition prior to November 15th of the previous year. The Futurity will consist of two Qualifying rounds and a Finals round. Total purse will be split between the Go-rounds and Finals Aggregate with 10% paid in each go-round and 80% in the Finals Aggregate. Each entry’s fastest time from the Qualifying rounds will be their Qualifying time, and the fastest Qualifying times will advance to the Finals round. The Finals Aggregate will be the combination of the Qualifying time and Finals Round time. Payoff in the Go-rounds will be 2D progressive with full second splits. Finals Aggregate will be paid on sweepstakes format. The number of horses advancing to the Finals round and the places paid in the Qualifying Rounds and Finals Aggregate will be determined by the total number of entries.
Hold 'Em Bonus Finals
Open to all horses entered in the Championship Futurity who have not been entered in any barrel competition prior to November 15th of the current year and will campaign in 5-year futurities. The Top 10 eligible horses who do not qualify for the Championship Futurity Finals will be invited to compete in the Hold ‘Em Bonus Finals. The Hold ‘Em Bonus will be paid on a sweepstakes format based on the aggregate of the Qualifying Time and Hold ‘Em Bonus Finals time. Payoff will be a fixed amount as published on the event entry forms.
Amateur Bonus Finals
Open to all horses entered in the Championship Futurity and Derby who are ridden by an Amateur Bonus eligible rider. To be Amateur Bonus eligible, a rider must hold an AQHA Amateur Card or must be age 18 or under as of the first day of competition. The Top 10 eligible horses who do not qualify for the Championship Futurity Finals will be invited to compete in the Futurity Amateur Bonus Finals. The Top 10 eligible horses who do not qualify for the Derby Finals will be invited to compete in the Derby Amateur Bonus Finals. The Amateur Bonuses will be paid on a sweepstakes format based on the aggregate of the Qualifying Time and Amateur Bonus Finals time. Payoff will be a fixed amount as published on the event entry forms.
Open to all horses aged 3 years and under who have not been entered in any barrel competition prior to November 15th of the current year. The Rookie Futurity will consist of two Go-rounds and an Aggregate. Total purse will be split between the Go-rounds and Aggregate with 30% paid in each go-round and 40% in the Aggregate. Payoff in the Go-rounds will be 2D progressive with full second splits. Aggregate will be paid on sweepstakes format. The number of places paid will be determined by the total number of entries.
Forty (40) slots will be available. Each owner may hold only one slot. Horses competing in the Slot Race must be aged 3 and under and may not have been entered in any barrel competition prior to this event. A rider may compete on no more than two (2) horses in this event. Slots may be leased so long as the event producer in notified, in writing, prior to November 1 of the current year. The slot owner (or lessee) must have a signed a slot agreement on file with the producer. The Slot Race will consist of one run and will be paid on a sweepstakes format with eight (8) places paid.
Open to all horses aged 7 years and under who have not been entered in any barrel competition prior to December 1st three years prior to the current year. The Derby will consist of two Qualifying rounds and a Finals round. Total purse will be split between the Qualifying rounds and Finals Aggregate with 10% paid in each Qualifying round and 80% in the Finals Aggregate. Each entry’s fastest time from the Qualifying rounds will be their Qualifying time, and the fastest Qualifying times will advance to the Finals round. The Finals Aggregate will be the combination of the Qualifying time and Finals Round time. Payoff in the Qualifying round will be 2D progressive with full second splits. Finals Aggregate will be paid on sweepstakes format. The number of horses advancing to the Finals round and the places paid in the Qualifying Round and Finals Aggregate will be determined by the total number of entries.
Sweepstakes & American Qualifier
Open to horses and riders of all ages. The Sweepstakes will consist of a single round and will be paid on sweepstakes format with the number of places paid being determined by the total number of entries. Sweepstakes competition will feature an RFD-TVs The American Qualifier event. Entries in the American Qualifier are required to roll their time to the Sweepstakes and will run in a separate draw. Entry for the American Qualifier must be made online at BetterBarrelRaces.com.
Youth & Junior American Qualifier
Open to riders aged 19 years and under as of January 1 of the current year. The Youth will consist of a single round and will be paid on 3D format with ½ second splits. The number of places paid being determined by the total number of entries. Youth competition will feature a Junior American Qualifier event. The Junior American Qualifier will be run as a sidepot of the Youth race and times for the Junior American Qualifier will be carried from the Youth race. Entry for the Junior American Qualifier must be made online at BetterBarrelRaces.com.
Umbrella 4D Sidepot
Open to all entries of the Rookie Futurity, Championship Futurity, Slot Race, Derby, Sweepstakes and Youth classes. The Umbrella 4D Sidepot will consist of a single 4D payout with ½ second splits. Times can be carried from any race or go-round other than Sunday Short Goes. The same horse/rider combination may be entered one time for each go-round/race in which they are running. Entries will be taken on site only and must be paid prior to making the run from which the time will be carried.
Entry Fees & Deadlines
Entry fees and deadlines will be published on the event entry forms. All futurity and derby entries are final, and no refunds will be made for any reason. Pre-entries in the Youth and Sweepstakes races may draw out for any reason prior to the published deadline and receive a refund of fees except for the processing fee. After the published deadline, all entries are final, and no refunds will be made for any reason.
Entries for the futurity and derby competitions are based on the horse. Horse owners may substitute horses prior to the published deadline so long as the substituted horse is owned. Futurity and derby entries may substitute riders prior to the first Qualifying round only. Entries in the Youth and Sweepstakes are based on the rider and therefore no rider substitutions are allowed. Horse substitutions will be allowed in the Youth and Sweepstakes races during check-in. Please see the Better Barrel Races website for additional substitution restrictions may apply to American Qualifier and Junior American Qualifier entries.
Current Better Barrel Races membership is required for all competitors. Competitors in the Championship Futurity must have a Futurity Riders Guild or Premium membership for the current season. Competitors in the Rookie Futurity must hold a Futurity Rider Guild or Premium membership for the upcoming season.
Check-in & Numbering
All horses must check-in and show current negative coggins. Out of state horses will also be required to show current health papers. Horses without proper documentation will not be allowed on the grounds. Horses in all races will be numbered or be issued hip numbers for identification. Identification numbers must be visible on the left hip during competition. Horses without visible hip numbers will be disqualified. See event schedule for check-in times.
Western dress code will be enforced including a cowboy hat or safety riding helmet, long sleeve button down, snap or full zipper front shirt with collar, long pants, and boots or equine sports shoes. If a contestant enters the arena without proper dress they will be given a no time.
A bridle (with a bit and/or a noseband), saddle, saddle pad or saddle blanket, protective foot and leg boots, tie-down, bonnet, martingales, split reins, draw reins, are all considered to be standard and customary articles of tack used in barrel racing. Contestants are prohibited from competing bareback, and/or bridle-less. Any articles of tack or performance enhancing gear which impede the ability to hip number horses or identify horses are prohibited in competition. Use of such prohibited tack or performance enhancing gear shall result in a disqualification with no refund of entry fees.
Contestants must check-in with holding pen coordinator during the drag prior to their run or they will be considered a scratch. Once a contestant’s name is called by the announcer, they must enter the competition arena within 60 seconds.
Horses must maintain a forward motion once entering the arena gate. Intentionally stopping, circling or backing your horse inside the arena gate will result in a no time.
Any barrel knocked down will result in a five (5) second penalty. Runs with penalties and/or broken patterns will be considered no-times for divisional format payouts.
Contestants are not to train or circle a barrel more than once during competition. Such behavior will result in a no time and the rider will be assessed a $25 fine payable prior to their making another run.
Reruns will not be given if a horse falls, is pulled up by the rider or in the event of a rider’s tack or equipment failure. A rerun will be given in the event of a timer failure with any penalties incurred during the original run applied.
Welfare of the horse and all animals is of utmost importance. Any abuse, neglect or inhumane treatment of any animal, during competition or in the warmup and stall area, will not be tolerated.
Safety: Safety of contestants, spectators and animals is a prime objective at this event. Horses that could be dangerous to you or to others should not be brought to this event. Any horse deemed to be dangerous by the show management will be disqualified no refund of fees. The event producer, its ownership, affiliates and sponsors do not assume responsibility for personal injury, loss, theft or damage. Contestants and all other parties recognize barrel racing is a hazardous sport and participate at their own risk.
Video / Photography
Better Barrel Races and the OKC Futurity retains all rights to every photo and/or video taken at and during the event. Contestants grant management the right to use any photographs or video taken of him/her during the event, including but not limited to those taken during competition or while otherwise attend the event, for publicity purposes. Contestants agree that no photographic or video images taken of the competition or exhibition arena will be altered or copied without the express written consent of event management and the photographer/videographer. Contestants are expressly prohibited from taking pictures/videos of photographer/videographer proofs or recorded runs at the viewing booths unless approved by the event videographer or photographer. Press credentials are required for all photographers or videographers on the host facility grounds during the event – including, but not limited to, anyone with photo/video equipment other than smart phones or tablets. Credentials can be obtained in the show office. Individuals without prior approval and proper press credentials will be asked to leave the premises.
Only horses entered in the barrel race or consigned to the sale are allowed on the grounds. Anyone bringing outside horses on the grounds will be fined $500 and will have any associated entries disqualified.
All horses overnighting on the grounds must be stalled. Overnight tying and/or portable pens are not allowed. Tying of horses in the warm-up areas is strictly prohibited. Horses left tied and unattended will be placed in a stall to be purchased by the horse owner.
The posting of signs, advertisements, posters, bumper stickers, or cards on any surface other than bulletin boards is prohibited. Event management reserves the right to remove any posted signs.
Selling of merchandise or professional services on the grounds, in stalls, or at trailers is prohibited unless you are a vendor contracted with the event producers.
Damage willfully caused to any property, i.e., stalls, barns, grandstands, etc. of event management, its representatives, the Host Facility or Host Hotel, shall be paid for by the contestant or their representative before being allowed to continue to participate at the event.