Photo by Chuck Szmurlo
News 12 at 6 o'clock; September 19, 2008
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --- This weekend there are five races at the Hippodrome in North Augusta, put on by the National Barrel Horse Association. It's all free to come out and watch.
It's time to saddle up. Lots of racers, more than 200 entries, will be hitting the dirt for the races for the President's Cup NBHA Barrel Races in North Augusta.
"Come on out here and get your taste of it," says Mike Kluttz.
There's a lot to get a taste of for yourself too. It's a pretty simple concept; the horses will be racing around three barrels, in a clover-leaf fashion, as fast as they can. The fastest time wins. Riders tell News 12, the fastest riders should finish around 14 seconds.
But, it's not just the racing you can get a taste of. There'll be food and of course, you can't have a race without a pre-race tailgate.
You might even get to see Chili, a little dog, but there's a sure bet he won't be on the track.
"It's like any other sport. Most people don't think it's like baseball or basketball or football. But, it's a sport to our children," says Beth Jones who's daughter rides in the race.
"It's fun. We really enjoy it. Some people do it on a professional level; I'm more of a fun person. But, there's a lot of money here today, too," says Tammy Daniels, who is riding in the races.
News 12, "What's the atmosphere like out here during race time?"
Mike, "Oh, it's exciting. It's great. You just have to come out here and see for yourself."
The event starts Friday at 6 p.m. with one race and should be over by 10 p.m. It'll pick back up again on Saturday with three races from 10 a.m., and lasting all day long. On Sunday, there'll be another race starting at 9 a.m. It's all free for you to come out and watch.
This is a warm up to the World Championships, which are scheduled for Oct. 27 at the James Brown Arena in Augusta.