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Entry from May 28, 2019
“Why do barrel racers have to be cremated?"/"Because the ground’s never good enough.”

Barrel racing is a rodeo event, and barrel racers frequently complain about the ground. A joke has been printed on an image:

Q: Why do barrel racers have to be cremated when they die?
A: Because the dirt’s/ground’s never good enough.


“‘Ever wonder why all barrel racers get cremated? cause the ground is never good enough’-joel edey” was posted on Twitter by Hayley on February 3, 2011.  It’s uncertain if Joel Edey or someone else first told the joke.


Wikipedia: Barrel racing
Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time. Though both boys and girls compete at the youth level, in collegiate and professional ranks, it is a rodeo event for women. It combines the horse’s athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely and successfully maneuver a horse in a pattern around three barrels (typically three fifty-five gallon metal or plastic drums) placed in a triangle in the center of an arena.

Twitter
Hayley
@HayleyStoney
“ever wonder why all barrel racers get cremated? cause the ground is never good enough"-joel edey
10:43 AM - 3 Feb 2011

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Jessica Post
@jessica_post01
“Why do barrel racers have to be cremated?...cuz the ground ain’t good enoughsmile” #mycrazyrodelife!!
2:54 PM - 19 Nov 2011

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Ryan Shuckburgh
@Ryan_Shuckburgh
Why do barrel racers always get cremated?  Because the ground is not good enough!
7:45 PM - 30 Jun 2012

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Natasha James
@njames411
Why are barrel racers always cremated???? The ground is never good enough for em!!!!! #PBRTULSA
10:56 PM - 10 Aug 2012

The Horse Forum
Barrel Racing information and anecdotes
BubblesBlue
09-15-2012, 01:00 AM
Oh I have a joke about barrel racers too.

“Why do barrel racers like to be cremated? BECAUSE THEY’RE NEVER HAPPY WITH THE GROUND.”

Twitter
Sweet TEA
@manatanderson
You know why barrel racers need to be cremated...cuz if you bury them they’ll bitch about the dirt
1:39 PM - 15 Feb 2013

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Tina SpanglerTLC
@TLCBarrelHorse
Why do all barrel racers get cremated when they die?  Because NO ground is ever good enough! I know its old but its funny! LOL
8:29 AM - 17 Mar 2013

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The Gambler
@KsRodeoMan
It goes without saying all barrel racers will be cremated because the dirt will never be good enough.
12:48 PM - 10 Aug 2014

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natmar
@natmarsh413
You know why barrel racers are always cremated?? The ground is never good enough. @rodeolifeprobs
11:48 AM - 15 Jun 2016

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Les Haines
@fnhrodeo
#TheAmerican while we watch them groom the dirt after 5 makes me remember y all barrel racers r cremated. The dirts never good enough😂😂
4:42 PM - 19 Feb 2017

Lompoc (CA) Record
Clods, slow ground, slippery sand be gone: Santa Maria Elks Rodeo arena has new dirt
Jennifer Best Contributing Writer May 26, 2019
Hang around the horse world long enough and you’re bound to hear grumbling about clay clods in the arena, slow ground around the poles and slippery sand around the barrels.

Ask any arena dirt worker why barrel racers have to be cremated, and he’ll likely laugh as he completes the old joke, “Because the dirt’s never good enough.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 • Permalink