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Central 4D Rulebook




This association shall be known as the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS.


ARTICLE II. Non-profit Association

This association shall at all times be operated and conducted as a non-profit association in accordance with the laws of the State of Oklahoma providing for such rights as granted to associations of this kind.


ARTICLE III. Objectives

The CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS organization has been formed for the following purposes.

A. To promote the sport of clover-leaf barrel racing.

B. To provide fair and equitable organization open to all peoples.

C. To publish information concerning dates and results of jackpots, association standing, and other information members are interested in.


ARTICLE IV. Boundaries of the Association

The place of business of the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS shall be Newalla, Oklahoma, or at other such places is its members may choose. Its members, board or officers may be residents of any state, territory, or country, and business may be carried on at any place convenient to such members or officers.



Chapter 1

1.1 Members

1.1.1 Membership in the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS is a privilege, not a right. Membership shall be made by application and is subject to the discretion of the executive committee. Membership or application may be terminated or rejected by the executive committee for cause detrimental to the interest of the association, its programs, policies, objective, and harmonious relationship of its members as determined by the executive committee.

1.1.2 Any person becoming a member of the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS shall become familiar with its Rules and Bylaws and shall comply and be bound by same.

1.2 Membership

1.2.1 Annual dues for membership are set at $45.00 for open and $35.00 for youth 14 & Under and Novice.

1.2.2 Membership runs from January 1 thru 1 October. Membership dues must be paid before a contestant may accumulate points toward season awards.

1.3 Conduct of Members

1.3.1 CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS members shall at all times conduct themselves in a manner so as not to cast reflection on the association or themselves.

1.3.2 Any misconduct or act of violence at an association jackpot will not be tolerated.

1.3.3 Consumption of alcohol at association jackpots is prohibited.

1.3.4 Inhumane treatment of a horse at an association jackpot will not be tolerated. The standard by which treatment will be measured is that which a reasonable person, informed and experienced in generally accepted equine training and competition procedures would determine to be cruel, abusive, or inhumane. This will include, but is not limited to, excessive use of a bat, crop, whip, or rope in front of the cinch, use of an electric prod, or use of unacceptable drugs.

1.3.5 Any attempt to fix or throw a barrel race will not be tolerated.

1.3.6 Any misconduct, including but not limited to those items listed above, shall be brought to the attention of the executive committee for consideration and appropriate action. Appropriate action may include official reprimand, fines, loss of points, or expulsion.



Chapter 2
Executive Committee


2.1 Duties of the Executive Committee

2.1.1 The Executive Committee is responsible for reviewing membership applications, scheduling jackpots, compiling association standings, and handling all business pertinent to the association.

2.1.2 Members of the Executive Committee shall serve as judges at association jackpots.

2.1.3 Any member of the Executive Committee may call a meeting, provided each member of the committee is given advanced notice of the meeting.


2.2 Term and Filling Vacancies on the Executive Committee

2.2.1 Members of the executive committee serve an indefinite term. 


Chapter 3
Association Articles and Bylaws


3.1 Situations Not Covered in Articles and Bylaws

3.1.1 All activities not covered by these articles and bylaws are not allowed.

3.1.2 All challenges and disputes under the association's articles and bylaws or with decisions made by jackpot judges shall be submitted to the executive committee in writing. A decision by the executive committee will determine all discrepancies and will be final.


3.2 Amending the Association Articles and Bylaws

3.2.1 The association's rules may only be changed by the executive committee. The committee is responsible for providing each member with a current rule book.



Chapter 4


4.1 Jackpots

4.1.1 A minimum of twelve (12) jackpots should be scheduled annually in each region of the association. Members must participate in at least fifty percent (50%) of the scheduled official jackpots in their region in order to attend the association finals and must participate in at least fifty (50%) of the total number of jackpots including the finals (which counts as two jackpots) to be eligible for season awards (ie With 12 regular season point jackpots, you must participate in 6 to qualify for the finals and must participate in 7 to qualify for year-end awards.)

4.1.2 CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS jackpots are open to all members and non-members. No non-member fees will be charged.

4.1.3 Exhibitions, a Youth 4-D (14 & under) class a Novice 3-D, a Senior 50 plus side-pot 4-D and the Open 5-D class will be offered at CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS jackpots. Other classes may be offered at the discretion of the committee as long as they are advertised. Active participation in any of these classes, including exhibitions, will constitute participation at the jackpot for finals qualification.

4.1.4 A current negative EIA (coggins) test chart will be required for each animal on the event grounds.

4.1.5 Any persons who have entered the race can draw out with a refund up to 3 hours pre-race time.  Any time beyond the 3 hours pre-race time will not be given a refund but you can carry over to enter next race.  

4.1.6 Any persons who request a stall where the organization must pay for the set-up of said stall/stalls will be obligated to pay for the stall.  

4.2 Exhibitions

4.2.1 Fees for exhibitions may vary depending on the cost of the facility and common practice for the area. A nominal timer fee of $5.00 is recommended.

4.2.2 A sixty (60) second time limit will be set for all exhibitions. A $10.00 fine will be assessed if an exhibition exceeds the time limit. This fine must be paid before the rider may compete in the jackpot.

4.2.3 The number of exhibitions run prior to the jackpot classes should be limited to ensure the start of the classes in a timely fashion. The executive committee may place any additional restriction it sees fit to facilitate this goal.

4.2.4 Pre-entry exhibitions are offered.  Exhibitions are run in a time slot.  If you pre-enter for an exhibition and do not request a specific time, you will be placed on the first page.  We will not return to your exhibition if you miss it.  If you no-show a pre-entered exhibition you will no longer be allowed to pre-enter exhibitions.

4.3 Youth Class/ Novice Class

4.3.1 The entry fee for the Youth class will be $25 with a minimum of 80% put in the purse.

4.3.2 The Youth class is open to all persons fourteen (14) years of age and younger as of the date of the jackpot or to members fourteen (14) years old at time of membership who are counting attendance toward the Youth class for that season.

4.3.3 The Youth class will be run with a 4-D format with 1/2 second splits.

4.3.4 Each region may choose to award points for the Youth / Novice class. If points are awarded for Youth, they will be earned in accordance with §6.1.

4.3.5 The entry fee for the Novice class will be $15 with a minimum of 80% put in the purse. 

4.3.6 The Novice class is open to all persons fourteen (14) years of age and younger as of the date of the jackpot or to members fourteen (14) years old at time of membership who are counting attendance toward the Youth/Novice class for that season.

4.3.7 A Novice will be a beginner!  They can enter the Novice class until such time that they are capable of running a 4D youth time.  

4.3.8 The Novice class will be run with a 3-D format with 1 second splits.

4.4 Open 5-D Class

4.4.1 The entry fee for the Open 5-D class will be $40 with a minimum of 80% put in the purse.

4.4.2 The Open 5-D class will consist of four (5) divisions. The 1D will be set by the fastest time of the barrel race with 2D, 3D, 4D and 5D divisions being 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 seconds off of the fastest time, respectively.

4.4.3 Contestants must attempt to make the fastest run possible. Any obvious attempt to "pullup" or pace their run will result in disqualification.

4.4.4 Runs with penalties (i.e. hit barrels) cannot place in the race in any D.

4.4.5 Points toward season standings will be awarded in the Open 5-D class in accordance with §6.1.


4.5 General Barrel Racing Rules

4.5.1 Where these bylaws are not specific, generally accepted barrel racing practices will govern.

4.5.2 The standard pattern for setting the barrels at Central 4D Barrel Racers jackpots is:

Eighty (80) feet between 1st and 2nd barrel stakes; ninety five (95) feet from barrel 1st and 2nd stakes and the 3rd barrel stake; forty-five (45) feet from the line between the 1st and 2nd barrels and the time score line; and, if the arena allows, forty-five (45) feet from the score line to the gate.  1st and 2nd barrel stakes must be a minimum of fifteen (15) feet from the arena fence and the 3rd barrel stake must be a minimum of twenty-five (25) feet from the back fence.  Barrels are to be set on the inside of the stake (opposite the arena fence along 1st/2nd barrel line and 3rd barrel/center alley line).  In larger arenas a standard rodeo pattern may be set with Ninety (90) feet between barrels 1 and 2; One hundred five (105) feet between barrels 2 and 3 and barrels 1 and 3; Sixty (60) feet from barrels 1 and 2 to score line, and, if the arena allows, forty-five (45) feet from score line to the gate. Barrels 1 and 2 must be a minimum of fifteen (15) feet from the fence and barrel 3 must be at least twenty-five (25) feet from the back fence, and barrels set centered atop the stakes.

4.5.3 In smaller arenas, it is recommended that the pattern be reduced proportionately to the standard barrel pattern with the minimum distances from the arena fence listed in § 4.5.2being maintained.

4.5.4 Stakes should be used to mark the positions of the barrels and the barrels should be seton the inside of the stakes in a clover-leaf pattern.

4.5.5 A "no time" will be given to the contestant if they break the clover-leaf pattern or stop forward motion after crossing the timer.  

a) This includes a maximum of three (3) turns.

b) Backing up does not necessarily constitute a no-time.

4.5.6 A five (5) second penalty will be assessed for each barrel knocked over. A run with penalties will be treated as a "no time."

4.5.7 Contestants should be ready to compete when their name is called. If a contestant is not present when their name is called, they will receive two additional gate calls and will then receive a "no time." If a contestant is present, but fails to start the clock within three (3) minutes of their first gate call, they will receive a "no time."

4.5.8 Electronic timers shall be used whenever possible.

4.5.9 In the event of a timer failure, the contestant will be given the following options:

a) If no barrels have been knocked down prior to announcement of the timer failure, the contestant may draw out and have their entry fee refunded or take a re-run at the end of the barrel race.

b) If one or more barrels have been hit prior to announcement of the timer failure, the contestant may take a re-run with penalty or may take a no time.

4.5.10 Members of the executive committee will serve a judges of the barrel races.




5.1 Places to be Paid

5.1.1 The number of places paid was determined to ensure that last place in the 5D will pay back at least the entry fee. The places paid are as follows:


Total Entries  -  Places Paid/Division

1 -  1

26 - 2

51 -  3

101 -  4

144 -  5

201 -  6

251  -  8

334 - 10

501 -  12

667 -  15

5.1.2 In the event that the number of monies to be paid in a division is greater than the number of contestants that fell into that division, The number of monies paid to that division will be adjusted to equal the number of contestants that fell into that division.

5.1.3 In the event that no contestants fall into a particular division, the monies from that division will be split proportionally into the remaining divisions.

5.2 Division of Monies

5.2.1 Monies will be split between the divisions of the 5-D class with 30% going to the 1D, 25% to the 2D, 20% to the 3D, 15% to the 4D and 10% to the 5D.

Places paid per entries  

    1 -    1-25 entries 

    4 -   101-143 entries

    6 -   201 - 250 entries

   10 -  334 - 500 entries

5.2.3 The payoff for each place shall be figured by multiplying the number of entries times the entry fee (less timer charge), adding any added money, and multiplying this total by the percentage for the division times the percentage for the place.

5.2.4 In the event a contestant has winnings that they do not pick up at the race and request it be mailed, a $3.00 fee will be deducted from the winnings.  

Points, Standings, and Awards


6.1 Earning Points

6.1.1 Points will be awarded to members in the Open 5-D (and Juniors class, if applicable) with twenty-five (25) points to the highest placing member, twenty-four (24) points to the second highest placing member, twenty-three (23) points to the third highest placing member, etc. of each division.

6.1.2 If a member enters more than one horse, they may earn points on each entry, provided the horses place in different divisions. 

6.1.3 If a member enters more than one horse and places twice in the same division, the highest placing will be counted.

6.2 Standings and Season Awards

6.2.1 Points earned by a member in each division will be kept separate throughout the season.

6.2.2 Members must attend at least fifty percent (50%) of the scheduled jackpots to receive season awards.

6.2.3 Points from seventy-five percent (75%) of the jackpots will be counted toward the final season standings. 

6.2.4 At the end of the season, a member will keep points only from the division in which they have the highest standing. The members points from other divisions will be dropped allowing lower places to move up.

6.2.5 The number of season awards will be determined by the number of members and as the Executive Committee sees fit, and will be no less than the following:

Number of Member in RegionSeason Awards/Division

0-49                                                                 3

50-99                                                               5

100-199                                                           10

200-299                                                          15

300-Up                                                            20

6.3 Finals

6.3.1 The finals will be run as a 2 go round race.  Once the draw is posted there will be NO refunds.  Horse changes can be done prior to start of the first go round.   

6.3.2 Once the first race (round one) has been run there will be NO substitution of horses.  

Chapter 7
Expansion of the Association


7.1 Adding Regions

7.1.1 The executive committee in the State of Oklahoma will serve both as the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS executive committee and the regional committee for the Oklahoma Region.

7.1.2 Groups outside the State of Oklahoma may join the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS by petitioning the executive committee for the formation of a new region.

7.1.3 Petitions for a new region must include a proposed five (5) or more member regional committee and the region must adopt the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS Articles of Association and Bylaws.

7.1.4 Regional committees will have all the duties listed under Chapters 2 and 3 with the exception of § 3.2.

7.1.5 Region borders shall generally follow state lines. Each state should make up one region unless otherwise approved by the executive committee.

7.1.6 The executive committee of the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS may terminate or reject association of a region if it decides it is in the best interest of the association, it's programs, policies or objectives.


7.2 Association with Multiple Regions

7.2.1 Each region of the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS will act semi-autonomous, having its own regional standings and season awards. Members may participate in jackpots of any region but may only count points in the region to which they belong.

7.2.3 If two or more regions make up the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS, an association final for all regions will be held in the State of Oklahoma. Each region shall contribute $2.50 per member (to be taken from the membership dues) for added money at the association finals. The executive committee of the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS will be responsible for scheduling the finals.

7.2.4 The executive committee of the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS will publish a newsletter for the entire association. The executive committee of each region must submit a membership address list, jackpot schedule and results, region standings, and other pertinent information to be included in the association newsletter. 

7.2.5 The executive committee of the CENTRAL 4-D BARREL RACERS will provide each regional committee with a copy of its Articles of Association and Bylaws. The regional committee will be responsible for distributing these Articles of Association and Bylaws to each of the members in that region.

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