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NBHA Rulebook


Updated 03/09/2021


The National Barrel Horse Association’s mission is to promote and expand the sport of barrel racing, utilizing a divisional format, which allows a diverse membership to compete on any breed of equine.

The vision of NBHA is to be the leading association for barrel racing.

NBHA values passion, integrity, diversity, innovation, and a commitment to our members.

The goal of NBHA is to increase the number of participants, improve the quality of shows and enhance the sport of barrel racing. NBHA supports the expansion of events by providing director support at the local, state, and regional level.


Official NBHA rules address the needs of NBHA members, promote fairness, eliminate confusion, and assist show organizers in the production of an event that reflects the standards.

These Rules cannot cover all possible situations that may arise during a show, nor can they regulate all administrative questions. Where cases are not precisely regulated by a Rule, it should be possible to reach a reasonable decision by looking at the Rule book and the Director’s Handbook. The Rules assume that NBHA Directors, Show Management and Headquarter staff have the necessary competence, sound judgment and absolute objectivity. Too detailed a rule might deprive the official of his/her freedom of judgment and thus prevent him/her from finding the solution to a problem dictated by fairness, logic, and special factors.