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572 – September/October, 2022

By Brittany Bevis

Competitors might have heard whispers about a new pilot program that’s being called the AQHA Sanctioned Shows Jackpot Program. The Redbud Spectacular was the first show to test the pilot program where exhibitors earned money through 4D jackpots in Trail, Showmanship, and Ranch Riding. During this first test run, each class had $1,500 added across four divisions (4D) with 4-5 places being paid in each. It was so well-received that the current plan is to test the program at the Texas Classic in Fort Worth and the Fall Championship in Arizona.

How a 4D Jackpot Works

Those with some knowledge of Barrel Racing might be familiar with how the basic 4D jackpot structure works. While all competitors participate in the same race, results are divided into four different divisions (1D, 2D, 3D, and 4D) with specific payouts up for grabs within each division. The 1D is the first defining division, with the grouping based upon the competitor with the best time (the class winner) who sets the bar. The 2D group consists of horses one-half second off the fastest time. The 3D group consists of horses 1 second off the fastest time. The 4D group consists of horses 2 seconds off the fastest time.

As an example, let’s say the winning time was 14.5 seconds, which would be the 1D time. 15 seconds would be the 2D time. 15.5 seconds would be the 3D time. 16.5 seconds would be the 4D time. Essentially, the results of the class are divided into four groupings and each division receives their own percentage of the payout.

The purse available for each division is often a combination of added money, as well as funds generated by competitors paying into the 4D format.When you enter the 4D jackpot for a class, you’re eligible to win the 1D, 2D, 3D, or 4D payout. With this system, exhibitors have multiple opportunities to win money.

Let’s say a competitor placed 5th overall, but ended up being the first place rider in the 2D division.That rider stands to win quite a bit of cash for a relatively small investment–anywhere from $15-$50 depending on the horse show.

How is this Different than a Traditional Jackpot?

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572 – September/October, 2022

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