Latest News updated 19/7/2022


Saturday 13th August 2022

Carrieton Rodeo Grounds

Entries open 1st Aug & close 9th Aug 2022. See Calendar for more info!

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Support our Club & go in the draw to WIN!
Tickets can be purchased at Ranges Country or from an NBRL committee member. Payment can be made in cash or via direct deposit. 

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About NBRL

The Northern Barrel Racing League (NBRL) was formed in April of 2012 in order to fill a void for Barrel Racing events in the Northern part of South Australia.​ We are affiliated with the Australian Barrel Horse Association (ABHA) and operate using a divisional format. For those of you that are new to the concept of divisional barrel racing it is a method of equalizing the competition. Every competitor and horse regardless of age, experience or ability has a chance at succeeding amongst others of similar ability to themselves. Everybody completes their barrel run and the divisions are determined by the final times, the fastest overall time setting the divisions in one second increments.

Eg fastest time of day is 18.0 sec
Division 1 is all times 18.00-19.00 sec
Division 2   19.01-20.01 sec
Division 3  20.02-21.02 sec
Division 4  21.03 – and all times thereafter.​​


The NBRL host exhibition events both before and after the competition. This is in line with ABHA rules and allows riders the opportunity to school, train, fix problems or simply help ‘environmentalise’ the young horse at an event. The riders have 1.5 minutes to do whatever they wish in the arena, whether it be trot or lope the barrel pattern or just complete a lap around the arena. It’s all in an effort to help prevent & solve problems, educate and expose new horses.

American pole bending is also a feature of the NBRL events in which competitors are timed individually.

All junior riders must wear Australian standard approved helmets and open riders can wear cowboy hats or helmets, no caps please. Neat and tidy long sleeve shirts with collars, jeans and riding boots are also a requirement to ride per ABHA rules. Any saddles may be used providing they of safe standard.

Our events are conducted in a variety of locations within the Mid to Far Nth of the state, having so far held events in Quorn, Whyalla, Wilmington, Carrieton, Peterborough and Auburn we are confident there will be many other venues to also utilize in the future.

NBRL events are fully catered for with hot lunch and drinks available. Spectators are more than welcome with extra excitement now that we have our LCD scoreboard for all to view times as they happen! Bring along your friends and family for a great day out.

We are always looking for event helpers to assist our small committee who are also competitors, so if you can cook a barbie or assist in the canteen we would be more than grateful!

Feel free to contact one of our Committee members should you have any queries about the League or future events, we would be glad to answer your questions.

President                         Secretary 
Paul Jonas                       Tracy Jonas
0427 342 454                  0429912516