About Us

The South Australian
Barrel Horse Association

– formed in 1998 to provide the following:

  1. FUN
  2. Somewhere for people to start and learn about the sport of barrel racing without the Rodeo and expense.
  3. Starting young horses without the hype of Rodeos
  4. To give horses more runs consistently, instead of 3-4 week (rodeo season) between rodeos.
  5. Encourage our young riders and improve on the older ones

SABHA is just that HORSE, not women or quarter horses, but any horse ridden by anybody, any age, sex or size

Just come out have a go, we are here to encourage participation of a thrilling sport

Barrel racing can be seen at Rodeo’s, Pony Club, western shows, gymkhanas and more, we are just another place to participate if you do not feel confident at starting at a large event elsewhere

We are here to support these other events – not compete with them. Members compete for a points system with the winner/runners-up at the end of the season in each section winning various end of season .awards

In 2013 we have decided to become affiliated with the Australian Barrel Horse Association (ABHA) to aid in membership costs and an easier way to run barrel meets. Please take a moment to read our barrel race sections below – any queries direct them to the committee.

Barrel Race Sections


Open divisional barrel races are not restricted in any manner and must be open to any rider and any horse.


Open to any competitor 18 years old and under.


A Tiny Tot is any person who is not able to control their mount without aid. A lead rope must be attached to the horse/pony and the rider assisted by the handler in led events. The rider must be 7 or under as of the 1st July each calendar year.


An assisted rider is any person who requires assistance to compete. The assistant is required to be in the arena at all times. The rider must be over 7 and under 12 years old as or under.


This was created in honour of a man who spent a lot of time and effort not only competing within our club but as a committee member for a number of years.
It is to encourage everyone to compete without the pressure of the open riders and horses.
The Dave Waters is an unofficial competition. It is designed for any riders who are non-competitive in the divisional competitions.All entry fees are to be donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Riders that are not SABHA financial members are not eligible to win the end of season Dave Waters Perpetual Trophy.
All riders that enter this event cannot enter any other Barrel divisions.


Limited to 1 minute or 1 time around the pattern – which ever is less – timed.

Open and Junior divisions