New Rodeo Gear: Barrel Racing Book and Never Tight Cinch

Barrel Racing Book

Sharon Camarillo qualified for four Wrangler National Finals Rodeos and shortly thereafter retired from active rodeo competition to train horses, teach barrel racers and jump into the media business.

Since then, she has established herself as one of the preeminent teachers in the barrel racing industry, as well as one of the most revered icons of the popular event. Recognized by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame as the Tad Lucas Award winner and inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Camarillo is barrel racing.

Throughout her distinguished career, she’s produced books and DVDs. Her second, and latest, book, Barrel Racing for Fun and Fast Times offers advice that will benefit riders of all disciplines, including ways to care for and condition the equine athlete, selecting appropriate and proper-fitting equipment, acquiring the “winning edge” that allows riders to achieve competitive success, and more.

Illustrated with top-notch photography and helpful diagrams, Camarillo covers the basics on up to more advanced principles.

The book is available by searching and retails for $24.95.

Never Tight Cinch

Len Brown’s latest innovation is a girth that he claims does not sore a horse yet stops saddle role on round-backed animals without being over-tightened. Calling it the Never-Tight Cinch, Brown made a form to mold a core of aircraft-grade plastic to the conical shape of a horse’s barrel. Then, he rounded the sides of the cinch at the flat of the ribs.

The cinch is 8” wide at the sternum where it is tightened without pressure on the horse’s sides. The buckles rotate to follow the angle of the latigo straps, so cinching pulls the girth together for contact under the buckles.

Against the horse is a crepe material on a firm, plastic core. Hermann Oak skirting leather on the outside. For more information, visit or call (816) 625-0333.

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