My friend Jill and I wrote this a long time ago:
What B.A.R.R.E.L.S. Stands for:
B- broke by this I mean $money$. NOT broke to ride! I know how you ladies (and men) think.
A- addicting, like crack, we can’t live without it. Someone should start barrel racers anonymous.
R- rate, no not sitting for a turn. Really, people, get your minds out of the arena. Rate that everything else goes downhill. When is the last time your house was as clean as your trailer?
R- ridiculous. Do you really need all those bits? Polo wraps? Bell boots? Supplements? THREE CHIROPRACTORS ON STAND BY????? This one could go on forever?
E- everyday pain in the Tail!!!!! feed (oz. of this, oz of that)…groom (and why cant we brush our horses like ropers, just where the saddle goes?) …ride (breezing makes my back hurt!!) …15 min hydro-therapy on legs (not just one of them, but all them, even the colts) …and people wonder why we are late for everything except the barrel race.
L- love it, or we wouldn’t do all the things mention above.
S- smooth, yeah the smoothest run usually does win, but by smooth I mean who else can talk their husband or daddy into another multi-$1000 pet?