Not many private boarding schools offer rodeo activities as an extra-curricular activity, let alone at the competition level with their own rodeo team, but at Wasatch Academy, students and rodeo athletes can get involved in the American tradition. Barrel racing is one of the many activities involved in a rodeo, and is something everyone can do, with the right trainer and horse.
How to Get Started
If you’re just starting, you will want to find a rodeo club that offers divisions to novice riders. In the western states, there are many Jr. High and High School rodeo clubs available. You’ll want to start off finding people at your skill level to compete with. Starting off with kids at your boarding high school, at your same level can be a good start.
Find an Instructor
If you’re at a private boarding school that offers barrel racing, then you probably are already in the company of a qualified instructor. If you don’t have access to one, rodeo and horsemanship magazines are a good resource to find trainers, as well as state rodeo associations.
Get the Right Horse
You’ll need to find a horse that you can work with. The less experienced you are, the more important it is to find a horse that is more experienced. Having the right horse can also be a great teacher to a beginning barrel racer. A private boarding school like Wasatch Academy, which has a dedicated rodeo program and classes, will have available experienced horses for barrel racing, cutting, and other rodeo events, and is an excellent way to begin without the expense of buying your own horse when just starting into rodeo. With an experienced horse, you can get the feel of what a barrel horse is going to do. The horse knows what it’s doing, and they can be a great teacher.