This past weekend I got angry at barrel racing and wondered who invented the sport in the first place. I guess there is no one person or clear cut answer, but this is what I found:
It was created by women, for women. I guess a group of gals started setting up empty barrels in a triangle and seeing who could weave in and out of the obstacle the fastest. Their husbands were off riding bulls and roping calves, so they wanted to compete in something amongst themselves. This was in the early 40's and the rules have stayed pretty much the same ever since.
So, there ya go. It isn't the oldest sport in the books, but it certainly is the greatest!
I apologize for being angry at it