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Cloverleaf Barrels

Cloverleaf Barrels

A. The course must be measured exactly according to the
diagram and cannot exceed these dimensions. However, if
the course is too large for the available space, the pattern
should be reduced 5 yards at a time until the pattern fits
the arena. Adequate space must remain between barrels
and any obstacle to safely negotiate it.
B. Three separate and distinct patterns are available, known
as Table 1, Table 2 and Table 3. Distances are
recommended, others may be used. Measurements are
made to the center of the base of the barrel.
1. Barrels in all patterns shall be at least 20’ from the
side of the arena wall/fence. It is preferable that
barrel 3 be farther than 20’ from the wall, if possible.
2. Table 1. Three barrels shall be placed to form an
equilateral triangle with sides of 75’ each, with
barrels 1 and 2 each 30’ from the starting line.
3. Table 2. Three barrels shall be placed to form an
isosceles triangle. The distance from barrel 1 to
barrel 2 shall be 90’; the distance from barrel 1 to
barrel 3 shall be 105’; the distance from barrel 2 to
barrel 3 shall be 105’; the distance from barrels 1
and 2 to the timing line shall be 60’.
4. Table 3. Three barrels shall be placed to form an
isosceles triangle. The distance from barrel 1 to
barrel 2 shall be 105’; the distance from barrel 1 to
barrel 3 shall be 120’; the distance from barrel 2 to
barrel 3 shall be 120’; the distance from barrels 1
and 2 to the timing line shall be 75’.
C. Regardless of which pattern is used, the rider shall have
the option of riding either Course A or Course B.
1. Course A. The entry shall cross the timing line, circle
barrel 1 clockwise, circle barrel 2 counterclockwise,
circle barrel 3 counterclockwise, and cross timing
line.
2. Course B. The entry shall cross timing line, circle
barrel 2 counterclockwise, circle barrel 1 clockwise,
circle barrel 3 clockwise, and cross timing line.
D. Disqualification results for the pony turning barrel wrong
way, or rider holding up barrel with hand. Knockdown of
barrel is a 5‚Äźsecond penalty per barrel. Also see Rule 102.

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