Race Rules

As the nominations and entries increase, the payout will increase at the Ruby Buckle Regional Races in future years. For 2021, there is a guaranteed $2.3 Million Dollar Payout at 3 races!! Our goals are to write big checks to entrants, stallion owners and breeders! We are creating events that will be like no other.

Futurity Rules

1. The Futurity is open to horse that are 4 or 5 yrs old. Horses may not have reached the age of 6 by the time of the Futurity. Horses must be registered and must be sired by the current Ruby Buckle Stallions, be a Ruby Buckle Stallion or be sired by a Ruby Buckle stallion that was previously paid into the Ruby Buckle in the year the horse was conceived.

2. To be eligible for the Futurity, the horse must NEVER have competed in any barrel race prior to the start of their declared futurity year. To do so means to forfeit any and all fees paid and elimination from the futurity.

3. All riders must be designated when entries are due. Rider changes after that date will be $75 charge and you must complete and submit Rider Change Form. RIDER CHANGE FORM

4. Horses must be checked in prior to running.

5. There will be two go-rounds and an average. Total times of the 2 rounds will determine the winners. The 2D Futurity will be paid on a 3/4 sec split.

See Race Payout

6. Substitutions are allowed only due to illness, injury or death of nominated horse. A vet’s affidavit of proof must accompany substitutions along with $75 fee. The necessary papers on the horse being substituted must be provided and accompany the change fee ($75). Any substituted horse will be ridden by the originally nominated rider or owned by the original owner and must be sired by a Ruby Buckle stallion. No exceptions. All substitutions must be completed before the close of check-in. There are no ‘buy-outs’.

7. Nomination Fee must be rec’d before race entries are due.

8. Late entries and nominations will be accepted up until race check-in. You will be last in the draw. 

Late Entry Fees are: $1000 Open 4D, $1000 Futurity + Nomination Fee $200 cash due on site.

9. No refunds in any case.

10. A photocopy of the front and back of horse’s registration papers must accompany entry. Actual papers showing current owner must be provided at check-in. Checks will be written to owner as shown on registration papers.

11. Current Health papers (within 30 days) & Coggins are required.

12. Dress Code: long sleeve shirts, cowboy hat or helmet, western boots.

13. All decisions made by the Ruby Buckle are final – we reserve the right to refuse entry to any horse or individual. Any rules herewith can be changed, added to, or denied at the discretion of Ruby Buckle LLC.  Ruby Buckle LLC will have the final word in interpreting or supplementing the rules and conditions of the Futurity if the need arises.

Barrel Race:

-Barrel race is a timed event, using brightly colored 55 gallon steel drums, with both ends of the barrel enclosed.
-No rubber or plastic barrels or barrel pads used.
-One horse in the arena during the barrel race without exception.
-Starting gate or gates will remain the same throughout the entire futurity go-rounds.
-The start and finish line and the position of the barrels must be permanently marked for the entire futurity go-rounds.
-The horse must enter the arena in forward motion and continue in forward motion. He may be required to run in and out of the arena only when an acceptable centrally located gate or gates safely permits. Horse cannot make a circle in the arena prior to the timer.
-A contestant cannot train or circle during competition. No more than one circle on each barrel while competing. 

-No stopping or whipping a horse in the alley upon completion of the run. The alley belongs to the next contestant.
-Any time contestant crosses the starting line, time will begin.
-Contestant will be assessed a five second penalty for knocking over a barrel. Touching a barrel is permitted.
-Should barrel be knocked over and it sets up on opposite end, the five second penalty will be assessed.
-During competition if barrel is moved off marker, judge must oversee re-setting downed barrel correctly. 

-Reruns shall be given if a timer fails to work or if barrels are not placed properly on markers. No penalties will carry over to rerun. Contestant shall be given the choice to rerun immediately or at the end of the class.


Contestant will be disqualified for not being ready to contest when there name is called. Contestant will be called three times by announcer and if they to not present themselves to complete in the order originally drawn, they will be disqualified. Contestant will be disqualified for missing the pattern. Contestant will be disqualified if run is made out of designated order or until signal is give that the arena is clear.

Sportsmanship Guidelines:

Zero tolerance for mistreatment of horses. Mistreatment includes but not limited to excessive jerking, spurring, whipping, slapping, abuse with any device, or any other act intended to cause trauma or injury to horse. Contestant will be disqualified.

Misconduct or abusive comments spoken to any contestant, spectator, staff member or volunteer will result in immediate contestant disqualification and no refund of any fees. Contestants are also responsible for traveling companions and family members.  

Credit/Refunds/Substitutions/Payment Methods: All applicable fees must be paid in full in order to run at the Pink Buckle Barrel Race. If you have a paid entry and choose to sell said horse before the futurity, the entry can be transferred to a new eligible owner for a $75 change fee. In the event of the death of a paid entry, the owner will be allowed to substitute another NOMINATED eligible horse in its place for a $75 change fee. There will be no refunds. Payments can be made by check or credit card.

A 3% Convenience Fee will be charged to all credit card transactions.

$50 fee for Returned Checks or Declined Credit Cards.