Barrel racers compete for big prize money

Horses sired by the Canadian Barrel Horse Incentive (CBHI) Stallions are up for a considerable purse next year.

Taylor Cunningham leads her horse around the barrel.

Taylor Cunningham leads her horse around the barrel.

Horses sired by the Canadian Barrel Horse Incentive (CBHI) Stallions are up for a considerable purse next year.

In 2012 the CBHI starts paying out its super stakes purse of $23,000. In 2013 the payout is $50,00 and in 2014 it’s $65,000.

The CBHI event that ran over the weekend at the ag event centre was open to all horses and riders but only those sired by the CBHI stallions could run for the extra CBHI money.

The purse for the weekend was $4,000 for the derby, $4,500 for the futurity and $2,500 for the open.

The CBHI started in 2004 and is the biggest incentive for barrel horse breeders in Canada, said president Allison Low

CBHI is a program that also adds extra money to other equine events, such as the 2012 Alberta Barrel Racing Association finals, that only horses sired by CBHI stallions can run for.

CBHI and the extra money serves as an incentive for Canadian barrel horse breeders. The program also works to promote younger barrel horses, said director Simmone Fowler.