Dinosaur Classic Rules 2023



No refunds after the entry form is submitted. Vet and medical releases must be received by email or fax by 5 pm Sun. Jan 15, 2023 ( or fax to 817-409-1837) (Processing fee plus 25% of total entry fees are non-refundable). No exceptions!!!. All vet out refunds will be processed approximately 10 days after the show. There are no exceptions to the rule, so please don’t ask.


Dress Code and Hat rule will be enforced – shirt with raised collar, sleeves optional or long sleeved shirt with or without collar and western hat or approved safety helmet. Jeans or long pants, boots or heels down shoes. Violations will result in a no time.


Anyone losing their hat during their run will be assessed a $10 hat fine. Fines must be paid when claiming hat. These fines MUST be paid prior the distribution of win checks.


OPEN horse substitutions and other changes must be made in the Show Office one (1) hour before your run and will incur a charge of $10. All changes must be requested in writing and must be made before your run. No rider substitutions in the Open.


Futurity/Derby- No horse substitutions in the Futurity or Derby, rider substitutions must be made 1 hour before the 1st go.


No switching of draw positions.


All reruns will be the decision of the Arena Director. Rerun will be on a fresh drag. Arena Director’s decisions are FINAL. A horse falling during the run will not receive a rerun and any penalties incurred during the original run will be carried over to the rerun.


Failure to answer 3 gate calls in a 60 second time period will result in an official scratch, no excuses. There is just no way to handle this many entries and runs if you’re not on time and ready when it’s your turn.


Contestants MUST check in with staff in the holding pen area and must also be in the holding pen when the tractors finish dragging prior to their group of five. All runs must be made from the holding pen, and not the back of the alleyway.


A horse/rider combination may enter the race only once. However, more than one person will be allowed to ride the same horse…just not more than once. You may enter as many horses as you wish. (This is a variation of the family rule). We believe it to be fairer and a more just way of leveling the playing field. This will eliminate the scenario of one family having an incredible horse and allowing multiple family members to ride the same horse without giving others the same opportunity. This rule has been an incredibly hard rule to enforce in the past and this should make things simpler. )

Contestants will receive a no time for knocking over a barrel or breaking the pattern and will be a no time even though the announcer may fail to call out the no time. Once a barrel has been knocked over or the pattern broken that will end the competition for that run. The contestant may finish the pattern, but no circling of the barrel more than once and the horse is not to be trained, schooled or exhibitioned for the remainder of the pattern.


In the event of a tie for prizes a roll of the dice or flip of the coin between contestants tied will handle the tie for awards. (High number wins.) Should all contestants involved in the tie not be present, the ones present will participate and a BBR staff member will roll for the one(s) not present.


Pre Entry deadline without a late fee for the Open, Futurity and Derby will close on Jan 2nd. A late fee in the OPEN of $5 for each Fri entry and $10 for each Sat & Sun entry will apply if entry is not postmarked (or received if an online entry) by pre-entry deadline (Jan 2nd). Postage machine dates DO NOT qualify as postmarks. Late entries in the OPEN will be taken with a late fee until Jan 18th and after January 18th will be taken at the show and must be received before the last 50 horses run and must be paid in cash or by credit card. Late entries will run after all pre-entries. Late fees do not apply to Incentive Races; however, they must be entered prior to your Futurity and Derby entries received after pre-entry deadline (Jan 2ndth) will incur a late fee of $50/per Futurity horse, $50/ per Derby horse and books will close at 5pm Thursday, January 19, 2023. Optional carryover of the Fut/Derby entry to the Friday 5D Open may be added prior to the beginning of the Fut/Derby on Friday. Draw for Futurity and Derby will be posted on January 22, draw for open will be posted by Jan 19th.


Number of places paid per division in all races will be in accordance with BBR rules. These can be found at



Payout – The 5-D format will be as follows and there will be no minimum of contestants required competing in order to make it a 5-D. Divisions will be divided with ½ splits across the board as such: 1-D, fastest time of the race; 2-D, fastest time of the race plus one-half second (.5 second); 3-D, fastest time of the race plus one second; 4-D, fastest time of the race plus one and a half second, 5-D, fastest time of the race plus two seconds. Payback will be 75% of entry fees and will be divided as follows: 1-D 30%, 2-D 24%, 3-D 19%, 4-D 15% and 5-D 12%. 100% of the added money will be paid back and split equally into each of the 5 divisions. If all placings in a division(s) are not filled, remaining placings will be divided proportionally amongst that


Incentive Races Classic Equine Age Incentives – will be governed by a 4D format with ½ (.5) second splits and a 75% payback split EQUALLY among each division. Times from your 5-D run will automatically be carried over to the Incentive Races from the open run. A contestant may enter an incentive race up to one hour before their run, but preferably at the time they originally enter. If all placings in a division are not filled, remaining placings will be divided proportionally amongst that division.

MVP Incentives – All the same rules as the Classic Equine Incentives. The Big Spender incentive will be paid on a 4D, ½ second split format with 75% of entry fees split 35/30/20/15 to the 4 divisions and 100% of added money will be split equally between the 4 divisions.


Futurity – open to horses 5 and under who have not been competed on prior to 11/15/22. It will consist of 2 long go’s and an aggregate with 30% paid in each go round and 40% to the aggregate. Payoff in the long go rounds will be 2D progressive with 1 sec split.  Aggregate will be paid on sweepstakes format.  The number of places will be determined by the total number of entries.  Payout will be 75% of entry fees + 100% of added money.  It will be optional to carryover to the Open on Friday .  .  Checks will be issued to the rider of the Futurity horse.


Derby – open to horses 7 and under who are in their second and third year of competition (age 5 or 6 if futuritied as a 4 year old – age 6 or 7 if futuritied as a 5 year old). It will consist of 2 go rounds paid 50% to each go round.  Payoff will be 2D progressive with ½ sec split.  The number of places will be determined by the total number of entries.  Payout will be 75% of entry fees + 100% of added money.  It will be optional to carry over to the Open on Friday.  Checks will be issued to the rider of the Derby horse.


American Contender – The American Contender will run as a separate event and their times will roll to the Saturday Open. Checks for the American Contender will be issued by Better Barrel Races.


Negative coggins is required on all horses and health papers will be required if from out of state. Please be prepared to show.


In accordance with BBR rules, once a contestant has entered the competition ARENA (competition arena is defined as any point past the arena gate) they must maintain a forward motion. Under no circumstances will a contestant be allowed to intentionally circle, stop or back up their horse once they have entered the agate. Such circling will result in a disqualification and a no time.

Contestants MUST check in with the show office before their run should the posted draw note ‘Must See Office’ under the horse name. Anyone not checking in will be disqualified no exceptions!


Published awards and win checks will be available after the show, once the contestant has provided the show office with a completed W-9 form – and can only be picked up by the person whose name is on the check (an exception to this would be a minor with the parent or guardian present). For winnings not picked up at the conclusion of the show, contestants MUST provide the office with a completed W-9 form – once the form is received, checks will be mailed to the address listed on the entry form. Checks not cashed after ninety days from the date of issue will be considered ‘stale dated’ and thus be void and will not be re-issued. Contestants who do not provide a W-9 or cash their check within the 90 day period will forfeit claim to their winnings and/or awards.