The purpose of the National Barrel Horse Association is to provide Barrel Racers with an international organization that will promote the sport of barrel racing and its growth.

Our goals are to increase the number of participants, improve the quality of shows and enhance the image of barrel racing.

These rules have been adopted to address the needs of NBHA members, promote fairness, eliminate confusion, and assist show organizers.


These Rules cannot cover all possible situations that may arise during a show, nor can they regulate all administrative questions. Where cases are not precisely regulated by a Rule, it should be possible to reach a reasonable decision by looking at the Rule book and the Director's Handbook. The Rules assume that NBHA Directors, Show Management and Headquarters staff have the necessary competence, sound judgment and absolute objectivity. Too detailed a rule might deprive the official of his/her freedom of judgment and thus prevent him/her from finding the solution to a problem dictated by fairness, logic and special factors.

SECTION A: Competition Rules

SECTION B: Show Sanctioning

SECTION C: Earned Points


SECTION E: Penalties and/or Disqualifications

SECTION F: Dress Code

SECTION G: Protests & Complaints

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