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IBRA Rule Book

Purpose

The purpose of the International Barrel Racing Association is:

  1. To have an association that will bring other organizations together in a positive way helping to create larger paying classes.
  2. To have an association that will work with others in co approving shows so that members can accumulate points and work toward year end awards in various associations without having the added expense of more traveling which will also in turn make it easier on the barrel horses.
  3. To build an outstanding awards program that will recognize and award barrel racers for their year long efforts.
  4. To always strive to keep things honest and fair for everyone involved.

We have set our goals high in hoping to create the best quality barrel racing association ever formed. This is an Kentucky based association that is proud to use its motto of “With God, all things are possible.”

Memberships

Memberships run from season to season (August 1 st - July 31 st)
There are three ways to join:

  1. Pay by credit card oniine
  2. Download a form and mail it to the IBRA office
  3. Join at a local show.

Membership is open to any person who agrees to follow the rules and guidelines of this association. To earn and maintain points, a member must be in good standings of the IBRA. Members who do not fill out their membership applications properly or have a returned check in the office for more than 7 days will not receive points until these conditions are resolved. IBRA reserves the right to refuse membership to anyone who is or has caused hardship to fall upon this association or sport.

State Points

Member's will automatically receive points in the state they live in unless a different state is designated at the time you join. This must be written on your membership application and can only be changed in writing. You may change your designated state during the season, however, you will lose any points you have accumulated.

IBRA State Directors

No rules will be implicated by individual states that will cause hardship on any IBRA member or that will affect their year-end state standings or awards. Any state that would like to implicate a state rule must first get approval through the IBRA office. Anyone interested in becoming a State Director must submit a resume. All positions are open for review August 1st of each year.

Open Range

The Floating State, Open Range, is designed to accommodate members who wish to travel to any IBRA show regardless of location and still accumulate points. Example: A member could attend Preferred Shows, Super Shows, as well as any state show and accumulate points towards the Open Range standings. We will count your best 14 shows per horse/rider combination, per division, to determine National Finals eligibility. There are no requirements on number of shows you must attend to qualify for the finals. A member must designate the Open Range on their membership application or make the change in writing. If you change your designated state during the season, you will forfeit any points you have accumulated. Open Range will be treated like any other state (See State Qualifiers), but there will be no year-end awards for the Open Range.

3-D Youth Class "Optional"

Each state will have the option to approve a youth class. If a state opts to support the youth by requesting a youth class at approved shows, youth points will be kept to qualify youth members to compete for year-end awards on a State and National level. Youth age is 18 and under and will be determined as of the first day of the new season August 1. Youth classes can be run as 2D, 3D or 4D. Points however, will be awarded on a 3D basis during the regular season, but will payout as a 4D at the National Finals.

3-D Masters Class "Optional"

Each state will have the option to approve a masters class. If a state opts to support the Masters by requesting a masters class at approved shows, masters points will be kept to qualify you to compete for year-end awards on a State and National level. Masters age is 40 and over and will be determined as of the day you turn 40. Masters classes can be run as 2D, 3D or 4D. Masters points, however, will be awarded on a 3-D basis during the regular season, but will payout as a 4D at the National Finals.

IBRA 4-D Show Approvals

  1.  In order to have an IBRA approved barrel race, a written request (approval form) must be sent to the office at least four weeks prior to the show date being requested , and be accompanied by a show flyer. Show flyers with a “subject to change” clause must be explicit in the types of changes possible and under what circumstances changes will be made. IBRA home office will make final decisions on all show approvals. IBRA reserves the right to refuse or cancel any show (or series) due to, but not limited to, lack of support for the show (series), poor facility and arena conditions, or poor show management. IBRA points will not be awarded for shows that are not properly approved.
  2. If a show producer prefers to hold a 3-D class instead of a 4-D class, it can be approved. When filling out the IBRA result sheets, the open class must be placed out as a 4-D class according to times run, regardless of how the show paid out. We will award points on a 4-D format for the open and a 3-D format for the youth and masters.
  3. There may not be more than 1 show on the same day in the same state within 75 miles of each other. If a show has $250 or more added to the IBRA Open class, shows must be at least 100 miles apart. Added money must be submitted on approval form. Home office can make exception depending on circumstances.
  4. Only two (2) weekends approved per month at same arena. Home office can make exceptions depending on state circumstances.
  5. $2 will be deducted from each approved open, youth, and masters class entry with a percentage going toward year-end awards.
  6. All approved shows must have an electronic timing system.
  7. All members will comply with arena, and/or producer’s existing rules.
  8. Any protest concerning differences that a show, arena, and/or producer’s existing rules do not cover, or are in conflict with other IBRA rules, shall be referred to the State Director. If the State Director is not present at show, any protest of the rule in question must be submitted to the home office & State Director in writing and postmarked within (1) week of occurrence.
  9. All results and money MUST be sent to the office within 10 days.
  10. IBRA logo should be used on all approved show flyers.
  11. As a condition of approval, shows may be asked to display promotional items provided by IBRA National Sponsors.
  12. No show will be approved that limits a person from competing unless that person was banned from that show or arena for bad conduct.
  13. No show will be approved if show committee charge excessive contestant fees. 100% of added money must be paid out.
  14. Barrels must be closed on both ends. Pop up barrels are not allowed.
  15. For a IBRA class / side pot to be approved, it must have an entry fee and payback. Rollovers are accepted if advertised.
  16. It is the responsibility of the show producer to check IBRA.us for show approval. The IBRA website is the Official Website for show approvals and has final say. If a show is not on the website, it is not approved.
  17. Co-approvals may be made with any bordering state upon approval of bordering state director. There is a $25 co-approval fee per state co-approved. Co-approved fee is to be paid by the show producer. (This rule goes into effect for shows in the 2012 season.)

Competition Rules

  1. A horse may only be run one time in an IBRA class unless both contestants are members of the same immediate family who reside in the same household (husband, wife, children and grandchildren 18 & under) and neither contestant is showing another horse in that class. In no case will the same horse be run more than twice in the same class.
  2. A contestant will be disqualified for running out of turn or running the wrong horse. It’s the contestants responsibility to know their draw position.
  3. Only one horse may be in the arena during a run. The run begins when the horse crosses the time line.
  4. Reruns shall be granted if the timer fails to work properly or if the barrels are not placed properly on their markers. Any penalty incurred on the original run shall not be applied against the rerun; however, any penalty occurring on the rerun shall result in a no time. Option of a fresh drag must be offered to contestant.
  5. Show Producers have the right to disqualify any uncontrolled horse and/or a rider that may present a danger to other contestants, abusing theirhorse with a whip, hand, or spurs or that have not began their run within 3 minutes of the time the rider has been called.
  6. All riders must make a good faith effort to run the pattern as fast as their ability will allow or they may be disqualified. The show producer’s decision will be final.

Penalties, Suspensions and/or Disqualifications

IBRA membership and participation in IBRA events is a privilege, not a right. Behavior which is damaging to the Association or its membership will not be tolerated. Violation of any of the following provisions may subject a member to disqualification from IBRA events, being denied entry to IBRA events, loss of points, or suspension from the Association.

Any act deemed prejudicial to the best interests of the IBRA may result in the suspension of a member, including but not limited to the following.

  1. Using abusive or language, threatening or bribing, to influence or harass any contestant, or IBRA/show official. Any remarks made with the intent to cast aspersions on the character or integrity of an IBRA official, show official or the IBRA association.
  2. Abuse of a horse in any way, including but not limited to drug use is prohibited.
  3. Drug or alcohol abuse by contestants is prohibted. Actions classifies as "Abuse" may be decided by the shows staff, IBRA Directors and Representatives. Acts of abuse must be described in writing and supported by two witnesses from the event and sent to the IBRA office. Directors have the right to revoke points and deny entry to contestants at that event where abuse has taken place. Any dispute to a director's decision must be submitted to the home office within one week of event. IBRA home office reserves the right to make all final decisions.
  4. Misidentifying a horse in any IBRA class will disqualify a contestant.
  5. Any member caught cheating or abusing the IBRA rules or any act deemed detrimental to the best interest of this association or to the sport of barrel racing will result in a disqualification, $200 fine, and/or suspension of membership. Up to the discretion of the IBRA office.

Points

The point season runs from August 1st to July 31st. First place points will always start at 100 points regardless of the number of entries. From first place, the point values per place decrease by {9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1}

1st (100), 2nd (91), 3rd (83), 4th (76), 5th (70), 6th (65), 7th (61), 8th (58), 9th (56), 10th (55)

  1. Points will be given on horse and rider combination. You may accumulate points on as many horses as you would like. When entering, you must use the same name for horse and rider. You may use the horse’s registered name or nickname, but the same name must be used throughout the season for both horse and rider. If you use different names at different shows for the same horse or rider, the points will be split up applying points to the separate names as though they were separate pairs.

    It’s the responsibility of the member to use the same name for themselves and their horse at every show. It will be the responsibility of each member to check and verify their season ending points prior to September 1 st of the new season. There will be NO CHANGES made to correct points after September 1 st of the new season. It is from these standings that Top Dogs and State Qualifiers are determined for National Finals. If a discrepancy exists the member must notify the office on or before September 1st.
  2. The horse and rider must be declared before the run is made. You will forfeit points if you run your horse out of order or misrepresent your horse by using a false name.
  3. We will count your best 14 shows per horse/rider combination, per division, to determine State Championships, Top Dogs, State Qualifiers, and year end standings. These 14 shows DO NOT include “State Finals.” A state’s points will end July 31 st with the exception of a “State Finals” which must be held prior to September 1st. A show that will be used to hand out awards but does not award points for the season ending must be labeled as an “Awards Show.” Awards can, however, be handed out at “State Finals and Awards Show” (See State Finals and Awards Show)
  4. Open points will be awarded on a 4-D format.
    1-D: Fastest time in the class and those who qualify in this division.
    2-D: Fastest time in the class plus ½ second that qualify in this division.
    3-D: Fastest time in the class plus 1 second that qualify in this division.
    4-D: Fastest time in the class plus 2 seconds that qualify in this division.

    Youth and Masters points will be awarded on a 3-D format.
    1-D: Fastest time in the class and those who qualify in this division.
    2-D: Fastest time in the class plus 1 second that qualify in this division.
    3-D: Fastest time in the class plus 2 seconds that qualify in this division
    Rider must make a good faith effort to run the pattern as fast as their ability will allow or they may be disqualified. Show Producers decision will be final. (see Rule #6 under Competition Rules)
  5. The IBRA will award a minimum of 5 places for points in each division of the open, youth and masters. If the show pays more places, then points will be given to as many riders as there are places paid . If a show has a large number of entries and chooses to pay less places than our suggested payout, the following scale will be used for points.

    75 entries & Under: 5 places
    76-100 entries: 6 places
    101-125 entries: 7 places
    126-150 entries: 8 places
    151-200 entries: 9 places
    201 + entries: 10 places

    If all or some of the places were given to non-members, then we will drop down no more than 20 places to find and give points to our members.
  6. Points will not be awarded for knocked over barrels.
  7. If there are not 5 contestants that place in a division, you will not be moved up to the next division for points. (You will stay in the division your time qualified in).
  8. In case of a tie, both contestants will receive points for the highest position they tied for. Example: If they tied for 2 nd/3 rd, they both would receive 2 nd place points.
  9. Cut off date for points will be July 31 st with the exception of points obtained at a State Finals that must be held prior to September 1st. At the end of the season, any member with 100 points or more will be considered a State Qualifier. Being thatState Finals will be no later than the 31 st of August members will know of their National Finals eligibility prior to entry deadline. State Directors can make special request to the office if there is a pre-existing show that they would like to make their State Finals.
  10. Substitutions: Are only accepted due to injury, death, or sale of horse. One (1) substitution is allowed per season (change of horse) unless you go back to your original horse then you must stay with that horse. Notification with vet release or death certificate MUST be sent to the IBRA office in writing (Fax or e-mail) by Monday following the show in which you have substituted.

    After results have been posted, NO CHANGES will be made.

    Substitution Horse: may only be a horse that you have not received points on for the year it is being substituted in.
  11. National Finals: If you have to substitute for the National Finals, you may only substitute with a horse you own or have ridden and received points on during the season or you will loose your State Qualifier and/or Top Dog status.

State Finals & Champions

Each state should hold a State Finals to determine their year-end State Champions. A show can only be labeled a "State Finals" if points will be awarded for the season ending.

It is the State Directors decision whether or not a “State Finals” will be held. It is also the State Directors responsibility to notify their members if they are having a “State Finals.” If the "State Finals" is held after Aug 1st of the beginning season, the Director may decide to count the points for the new season as well as the season ending, this decision must be stated on advertisement.

State Finals may be held in conjunction with a pre-existing show by getting approval from IBRA office. If at the end of a "State Finals" there is a tie, a run off will be held to determine the winner. If, in such a circumstance, a run off is not possible due to injury, absence or other obstacle deemed acceptable by the director, ties will be decided by adding together the total number of contestants each person has run against that season to determine their best 14 shows.

All states must hold their “State Finals” prior to September 1stof the new season. If there is a tie in any state for the year-end champion-ship and the state does not have a “State Finals,” ties will be decided by adding together the total number of contestants each person has run against that season to determine their best 14 shows. If a state is unable to hold a State Finals, as decided by the State Director, then the Champions will be determined at the last approved show of the season.

Awards Show

Each state should have an awards show. A show can only be labeled “Awards Show” if awards for the season ending are to be distributed at that show. A “State Finals” is not necessarily a “Awards Show” and a “Awards Show” is not necessarily a “State Finals.” A “State Finals” and “Awards Show” can be one in the same but the show must meet the requirements as listed above for “State Finals” and “Awards Show.” If a “State Finals” and “Awards Show” are to be one in the same it should be advertised as such.

State Qualifiers

IBRA National Finals Short Go will be for IBRA Qualifiers only . At the end of the season, any member with 100 points or more will be considered a State Qualifier. Each states Top 5 (Top Dogs) in open, youth & masters automatically qualify for the short go finals no matter how they run in the go-rounds of the National finals. All State Qualifiers MUST BE PRE-ENTERED in the National Finals by the deadline to be considered a Top Dog or State Qualifier. If you miss the deadline, you will not be considered a State Qualifier and you will be running for go round money only.

IBRA Super Shows

A Super Show is an IBRA approved show that awards points to the show’s home state and all adjacent states. The race will appear on each of the adjacent states approved shows and each state will have its own set of points awarded for that race. In order to be approved for a Super Show, the following requirements must be met: Producer must pay a $100 approval fee when approval form is submitted.

1 day show must have a minimum of $2000 added. At least one Open class with $1500 added, a Youth class with $250 added, and a Masters class with $250 added.

2 day show must have a minimum of $3500 added. $3000 added to Open over two days and $500 divided between the Youth and the Masters. If the show runs on a Friday IBRA points may only be awarded to the home state.

IBRA Preferred Shows

Preferred Shows are produced by the IBRA home office. Any member who wins an Open, Youth, or Masters division at a Preferred Show will receive a Wild Card that will enable them to enter the National Finals as a Top Dog. Anyone who places in a division at an IBRA Preferred Show in the 4-D’s, Youth and/or Masters classes will receive points toward their State Standings following the same guidelines as #5 under Points.

WILD CARDS

A Wild Card enables a member to run at the National Finals as a Top Dog. Wild Cards will be awarded to an IBRA member that wins any Open, Youth, or Masters division at a Preferred Show and at various events throughout the season. Wild Cards may only be used by the person who won the Wild Card and cannot be sold. If you win a Wild Card, it may be transferred to another horse that you have received state qualifier status. You may transfer due to injury, death or sale of the horse. You can transfer one Wild Card if you have three or more Wild Cards in your possession or you're a top dog and have two Wildcards in your possession, all won with the same horse. Your original Wildcard/Top Dog qualifying horse must be entered in National Finals. One wild card will be offered for sale by State Director in states eligible for the National Finals,as an awards fundraiser. (See National Finals) State Directors or any member of his or her immediate family may not purchase the Wild Card for sale in their own state. Wild Cards expire in three years. Ony IBRA members can buy, win or use a Wild Card. In order to be valid, Wildcard entries must pre-enter the finals.

Rollovers

Show Producers may allow contestants to rollover their time in the open class to the youth or masters class or vice versa. Rollover option must be stated on show flyer and any advertisement. Rollover contestants pay entry fee for both classes and only run once. Contestants must designate rollover at time of entry. The pattern must be exactly the same and must not be changed in any manner from the original class to the rollover class.

National Finals Championship

To qualify for the National Finals:

  1. A state must have a minimum of 8 shows approved and produced for the state’s members to qualify for National Finals Short Go and Awards. (Youth & Masters classes will be optional in each state)
  2. Any member with 100 points or more at the end of the season in the Open, Youth, Masters, Open Range, or has a Wild Card will be considered a State Qualifier
  3. You must be an IBRA member to enter the National Finals. Only the members who are State Qualifiers and pre enter the National Finals by the pre-entry deadline will be eligible to run for the National Title, Short Go money, & Awards.
  4. You can qualify in more than one division on different horses. If it’s on the same horse, you will receive all of your awards at the State level.
  5. If you have to substitute for the National Finals, you may only substitute with a horse you own or have ridden and received points on during the season or you will loose your State Qualifier and/or Top Dog status.

Dress Code

Long sleeved shirt, a cowboy hat or safety helmet and cowboy boots. Shirt tails must be tucked in. This dress code will be strictly enforced at all Preferred Shows and National Championship. Anyone making a run at any of these shows that is found to be in violation of the dress code will be assessed a no time. Show producer has the right to refuse attire they deem inappropiate.

Policy on Returned Checks

BAD CHECKS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. There will be an automatic $30 fee for each time a check is returned. The party that wrote the bad check will have 7 days to make the check good along with the $30 returned check fees. Should the party still be delinquent after the 7 day grace period, the contestant bouncing the check or the member or members for which the check was written will be placed on suspension and will not receive points for the show for which the check was written as well as any shows they may attend while they are on suspension. This includes checks for merchandise. If restitution is not made within 30 days of the date of the check, the member/members will lose ALL points and be placed on a public suspended list until payment is made. Lost points will not be reinstated. Any non-member who presents a returned check will be restricted from participating until the check and fine is made good and will be on a cash only basis for the remainder of the show season

Suggested Payout

Suggested payout for IBRA sanctioned shows: Added money will be divided the same amount of places among all divisions. All prize money must be paid out. If not enough riders qualify in a division bases on numbers of places paid, the money which is unaccounted for shall be divided equally among those who have placed in that division. If no riders qualify in a division, the prize money for that division shall be equally divided among those riders in the other divisions of that class who have won prize money. The following table shows the number of places to be paid for the stated number of entries:

4-D Format
Number of Entries

Places 1-12 12-20 21-40 41-74 75-100
1st 100% 60% 50% 40% 30%
2nd - 40% 30% 30% 25%
3rd - - 20% 20% 20%
4th - - - 10% 15%
5th - - - -

10%


Number of Entries

Places 101-150 151-200 201-250 251-300 300+
1st 28% 27% 24% 23% 22%
2nd 22% 20% 18% 17% 16%
3rd 18% 16% 15% 14% 12%
4th 14% 12% 12% 11% 11%
5th 10% 10% 10% 9% 9%
6th 8% 8% 8% 8% 8%
7th - 7% 7% 7% 7%
8th - - 6% 6% 6%
9th - - - 5% 5%
10th - - - - 4%