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NBHA or IBRA
SloRide
Reg. Oct 2011
Posted 2016-11-01 5:27 PM
Subject: NBHA or IBRA


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This coming year will be my first year actually barrel racing. Got my horse, trailer and my truck and really looking forward to just having fun. I have been looking at the different associations and wanted to ask you all what the major differences are between them? What do you like or dislike? Should I choose one or the other? Which are you all a member of?
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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2016-11-01 5:46 PM
Subject: RE: NBHA or IBRA



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SloRide - 2016-11-01 5:27 PM This coming year will be my first year actually barrel racing. Got my horse, trailer and my truck and really looking forward to just having fun. I have been looking at the different associations and wanted to ask you all what the major differences are between them? What do you like or dislike? Should I choose one or the other? Which are you all a member of?

NBHA is really a good place to start for someone that's just starting out. 
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Kgirl
Reg. Apr 2011
Posted 2016-11-01 5:58 PM
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I prefer NBHA because the ground is always amazing and pen sizes are ideal. I've been to several IBRA shows that I pulled in and pulled right back out due to poor ground quality or arena was only 66' wide!
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TheDutchMan01
Reg. Jan 2010
Posted 2016-11-01 6:17 PM
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I really can't say there's anything I do like about the IBRA. Their whole set up just doesn't make sense. It's a trailer race for points...doesn't matter if your at a super show or a $10 fair show you earn the same points. You know whose in the finals at nationals before you ever get there. I'd much prefer to give my money to the NBHA. However, your best bet would be to see what's most popular in the radius you'll be showing. There may be local associations or series as well. Personally I like those better. NBHA and IBRA just aren't what they used to be.
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Ibracanchaser
Reg. Aug 2023
Posted 2023-09-08 5:58 PM
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I joined the md ibra 2 years ago I absolutely love it. It was a great place to start for me because we didn't have the speed and we are still a work in progress. I love the ibra because I feel as though everyone helps each other out and it's almost a close family since it's a decent size group. 

 

Starting out i was told until I get a little more speed and place a little better then maybe join the nbha. We have improved in the last 3 years racing and especially the last 2 years running with the ibra but we are still working on a few things and we are still in the 19 range so until that number gets lower I will probably stick with ibra but I would love to try the nbha when I am ready.

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snoopyjoe
Reg. Jan 2008
Posted 2023-09-12 9:33 AM
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If I were you I would check out what is more popular in the area you are going to and see arenas to see what the ground and set up is. Most of the time you don't have to be a member of either to run at their approved shows. Now if you are interested in getting points and running at national shows then I would decide that by where and when those shows are and how many shows you might have to go to to get there. There might be local series or organizations that are just as good.

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streakysox
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2023-09-14 2:30 PM
Subject: RE: NBHA or IBRA



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Since you are just starting out, I would say look at the barrel races that are closest to you. I am sure points for either group start in January so everyone would be ahead of you if you were to join now. Don't know about IBRA but NBHA does not require you to be a member to run so until the end of this year just go learn the ropes and meet people. In January if you want to join one or both, join then. Edited to add that you can join any NBHA district that you want to. There was not an active district near me in TX so I joined one in LA. That group disbanded and the LA barrel races are about 150 miles away. 



Edited by streakysox 2023-09-14 2:34 PM
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