Birangle Stake is a favorite event of mine.

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Birangle Stake is a gymkhana event that is run in many different types of shows. It is used in Horse Shows, Playdays, and of course Gymkhana.

To explain a little something about running patterns, there is one stipulation that needs to be brought forth, and that is that some horses make left or right turns better than they do the other one.Remember one thing that is important to have good running times, when you are starting your run, make sure your horse is at full speed before you enter the timing line and don't start to stop your horse until you have crossed the timing line at the finish. The disqualifications for speeds events are inforced if you go off pattern or fall off your horse. There are time penalities if you knock down a barrel or pole, which most of the time is two seconds added on your existing time.

Here's a little bit about the Birangle Stake pattern. There is two poles that are set side by side at the end of the arena. When you run the Birangle you are to make two turns of the same direction. So if you have a left turning horse, you start behind the timing line and go to the left pole first and you then make a left turn around the pole, to end up facing the pole that is on the right. You then make another left at the second pole and make another left turn, ending up to where you are facing home. And then you run home passing the timing line before you stop your horse.

Now if you have a right turning horse you would start before the timing line and head to the pole that is on the right making a right turn around the pole to face the second one. You then make another right turn at the second pole to where your horse is facing towards home. You then run home past the timing lines.

Please keep in mind that the speed of each horse varies and whenever you are running a speed event, you run it at you and your horse's capabilities. Please remember to take caution to keep you from getting hurt and from your horse from getting hurt also or going lame.

And please one more thing for safety precautions, please wear a helmet to secure safety on your behalf.

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