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Host Hotel - Holiday Inn at Ardmore

We would like to thank the Holiday Inn for working with us to secure a block of rooms for our event participants.  Rooms are $89/night including breakfast!  The room block will close September 9th so make your reservations early!

Holiday Inn

2207 N Rockford Rd

Ardmore, OK  73401

580-226-3333 Be sure to reference the Ardmore Barrel Futurity group to get special rates!



Open to all horses aged 5 years and under who have not been entered in any barrel competition prior to November 15 of last  year.  The futurity will consist of two go-rounds and an average.  It will be a sweepstakes payout with 30% paid in each go-round and 40% in the average.  The number of places paid to be determined by the total number of entries.


Open to all horses aged 7 years and under who competed in futurity competition no more than two years ago. The derby will be a single go round and will be a sweepstakes payout with the number of places paid to be determined by the total number of entries.

AQHA Classes

Open to AQHA registered horses subject to the rules and membership requirements of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Open 5D Races

Open to horses of all ages. Each race will be a divisional payout with five (5) divisions separated by 0.5 seconds. Places paid will be determined based on the total number of entries in each race utilizing the percentages used by the published Better Barrel Races 5D format.  Horses entered in the Futurity, Derby or AQHA classes and the corresponding day's Open 5D races must carry their times from their Futurity, Derby or AQHA run instead of making a separate Open run.  Horses entered in the American Contender Tournament must run in the American draw in addition to any Futurity/AQHA runs on Saturday and carry the American time to the Open.

American Contender Tournament Event

Open to any horse and rider who is a current Better Barrel Races member. Entry must be made online at and will include the event processing fee and required roll-over to the Saturday Open 5D race.

Junior Patriot Qualifier

Open to any horse and rider age 19 & under who is a current Junior Patriot member. The Junior Patriot Qualifier is a sidepot for the Friday Open 5D.  Entry must be made online at and does not include the Friday Open or processing fee.

BBR X-Tra Sidepot

Open to any horse and rider who is a current Better Barrel Races member.  Race will be run as a sidepot to the Sunday Open 5D.  The sidepot will have a divisional payout with five (5) divisions separated by 0.5 seconds. Place paid will be determined based on the total number of entries in each race utilizing the percentages used by the published Better Barrel Races 5D format.

Blue Collar Breeders

Open to futurity and open horses entered in the Blue Collar Breeders Incentive Program.  The 2022 Blue Collar Breeders Main Event offers a minimum guaranteed payout of $160,000 and will be run as a sidepot to the Futurity ($150K Added) and Saturday Open 5D ($10K Added) competitions.  Additional information and entry forms are available online at

Select Stallion Stakes

Bonus money available to any horse horse enrolled in the Select Stallion Stakes program!  A bonus of $10K will be awarded in the Saturday Open 5D.  See for enrollment forms and additional information.

Entry/Draw Out/Refunds

Entry fees and deadlines will be published on the event entry forms. All futurity and derby entries are final and no refunds will be made for any reason. Pre-entries in the open races may draw out for any reason until the Wednesday one week prior to the event and receive a refund of fees except for the processing fee.


Entries for the futurity and derby are based on the horse and therefore no horse substitutions will be allowed. Futurity and derby entries may substitute riders prior to the first go round only. Entries in the open are based on the rider and therefore no rider substitutions are allowed. Horse substitutions will be allowed in the open races prior to the start of each race.


All horses must check-in and show current negative coggins. Horses without proper documentation will not be allowed on the grounds. Horses entered in the futurity, derby and AQHA classes must also show registration papers at check-in and be numbered. See event schedule for check-in times.


All horses staying overnight on the grounds must be stalled. All stalls will be pre-assigned or assigned at time of purchase.  Overnight tying and/or portable pens are not allowed. Shavings are available on-site and outside shavings are not allowed.  Tying of horses in the warm-up areas is strictly prohibited. Horses left tied and unattended will be placed in a stall to be purchased by the horse owner.

Dress Code

Western dress code will be enforced including a cowboy hat or safety riding helmet, long sleeve button down or snap front shirt with collar, long pants, and boots or equine sports shoes. If a contestant enters the arena without proper dress they will be given a no time.

Customary Tack

A bridle (with a bit and/or a noseband), saddle, saddle pad or saddle blanket, protective foot and leg boots, tie-down, bonnet, martingales, split reins, draw reins, are all considered to be standard and customary articles of tack used in barrel racing. Contestants are prohibited from competing bareback, and/or bridle-less. Any articles of tack or performance enhancing gear which impede the ability to hip number horses or identify horses are prohibited in competition. Use of such prohibited tack or performance enhancing gear shall result in a disqualification with no refund of entry fees.

General Competition

Contestants must check-in with holding pen coordinator during the drag prior to their run or they will be considered a scratch. Once a contestant’s name is called by the announcer they must enter the competition arena within 60 seconds.

Horses must maintain a forward motion once entering the arena gate. Intentionally stopping, circling or backing your horse inside the arena gate will result in a no time.

Any barrel knocked down will result in a five (5) second penalty in the futurity, derby, AQHA classes or American qualifier or a no time in the open divisional races.

Contestants are not to train or circle a barrel more than once during competition. Such behavior will result in a no time and the rider will be assessed a $25 fine payable prior to their making another run.

Reruns will not be given if a horse falls, is pulled up by the rider or in the event of a rider’s tack or equipment failure. A rerun will be given in the event of a timer failure with any penalties incurred during the original run applied.


Welfare of the horse and all animals is of utmost importance. Any abuse, neglect or inhumane treatment of any animal, during competition or in the warmup and stall area, will not be tolerated.

Safety:  Safety of contestants, spectators and animals is a prime objective at this event. Horses that could be dangerous to you or to others should not be brought to this event. Any horse deemed to be dangerous by the show management will be disqualified no refund of fees. Ardmore Barrel Futurity, its ownership, affiliates and sponsors do not assume responsibility for personal injury, loss, theft or damage. Contestants and all other parties recognize barrel racing is a hazardous sport and participate at their own risk.


Ardmore Barrel Futurity retains all rights to every phone and/or video taken at and during the event. Contestants grant management the right to use any photographs or video taken of him/her during the event, including but not limited to those taken during competition or while otherwise attend the event, for publicity purposes. Contestants agree that no photographic or video images take of the competition or exhibition arena will be altered or copied without the express written consent of event management and the photographer/videographer. Contestants are expressly prohibited from taking pictures/videos of photographer/videographer proofs or recorded runs at the viewing booths unless approved by the event videographer or photographer. Press credentials are required for all commercial photographers or videographers on the host facility grounds during the event. Credentials can be obtained in the show office. Individuals without prior approval and proper press credentials will be asked to leave the premises.


Checks for prize money in the Futurity and Derby will be issued to the horse owner as indicated on the provided horse papers or a signed transfer.  Checks for the Open 5D races will be issued in the name of the rider.  A completed IRS W-9 (or W-8BEN for non-residents) form for the proper individual or business entity must be provided before prize money can be distributed. It is the contestant/owner’s responsibility to provide required tax forms and claim their any prize money in a timely manner.  Contestants/Owners not providing the required documents and claiming prize money (i.e. cashing prize money checks) within 120 days of the completion of the event will forfeit any claim to said prize money.

The posting of signs, advertisements, posters, bumper stickers, or cards on any surface other than bulletin boards is prohibited. Event management reserves the right to remove any posted signs.

Selling of merchandise or professional services on the grounds, in stalls, or at trailers is prohibited unless you are a vendor contracted with the Ardmore Barrel Futurity.

Damage willfully caused to any property, i.e., stalls, barns, grandstands, etc. of event management, its representatives, the Host Facility or Host Hotel, shall be paid for by the contestant or their representative before being allowed to continue to participate at the event.

2023 Ardmore Barrel Futurity

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