UP : Jhelom (Sonoma)
A new type of sporting event has come to the land, as horse barrel
riding makes its debut in Britannia. The weekend competition took place in the fair city
of Jhelom in the not often used Jhelom Dueling Pit. Willio the farmboy of the city of
Britain ran the event.
Town Cryer readers will remember that Willio has sponsored
cow-tipping trips and runs a racetrack from time to time in the farmlands west of the city
of Britain. Willio has also somehow mastered magic that allows him to travel between the
shards of Britannia, bringing his animal competitions to many.
"I'm not really sure how this barrel riding came about," said
Willio the farmboy, "I was just riding me horse one day around and around some old
barrels we had around the farms, and it hit me that we might make a contest out of
Riders were called from across the land by the town criers. The riders
were more than welcome to bring their own horses, but owning a horse was not a requirement
to this event, as there were some extra horses around for those who haven't yet been able
to purchase their own steed.
"The good people of Jhelom were kind enough to donate two horses
for those who didn't have them," said Willio, "and they were also kind enough to
let us use the dueling pit as the area to host the event. Britain sees so much activity
what with being the capital and all, that I thought it might be good to take my contests
to other parts of the land. I was so pleased that people made the trip all the way to
Jhelom to race."
The rules of the contest are quite simple, one simply has to ride
around three barrels arranged in a triangular pattern. It can be a little tricky at first
to get the exact riding pattern down, but all those who rode quickly mastered the path.
Riders start from a wooden gate at the western end of the put, and then
travel twice around all three barrels, racing back into the gate to stop the timer. Racers
ride one at a time against the clock, rather than against each other, and the riders place
is determined by their time as compared to the other riders.
For prizes, a gold purse was divided amongst the top five contestants.
Winners also got sashes with unique inscriptions on them noting their rank in the
competition. "We'll have to do this again sometime," said Willio, "'Twas
quite a lot of fun. Between this and the horse racing in Britain, I'm having quite a grand
time with these competitions."
Three of the horse barrel racing competitors are shown below, proudly
wearing their newly-awarded sashes.
Pictured from left to right are: Lord Allistah, Lord Shakar, and Louve, the fourth place,
second place, and third place finalists respectively.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Monday, April 27th 1998