After sweeping Pool B and winning the Semifinals Round on Sunday, it seemed Hailey Kinsel and DM Sissy Hayday couldn’t be stopped. Enter $2 million cowgirl, 12-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier and 2015 Calgary Stampede champion Lisa Lockhart. Mounted aboard the lightning fast Rosas Cantina CC (2010 mare, Corona Cartel x Dash Ta Vanila x Dash Ta Fame), Lockhart clocked a speedy 17.116. Kinsel and “Sister” came close with a 17.119, ultimately finishing second for $25,000. Lockhart earned $100,000 for her second Calgary Stampede championship.
“I’m not going to lie I wasn’t composed, I was panicked,” Lockhart told the Wrangler Network after her victory. “You just want to make it to Sunday. To make it today, to the Final Four, I’m just thrilled. Today was above and beyond my expectations—not that I thought she wasn’t capable, but man it has been some tough competition, so I was just glad to be amongst them.”
She rode the classic “Louie” (An Oakie With Cash), her 2015 Calgary champion mount, through three rounds of competition in Pool B. Lockhart hopped on the Alan Woodbury-owned “Rosa” in the fourth round and stayed on her for the Semifinals and Showdown.
“Rosa is an amazing athlete. She’s harder to ride, very reactive—I have to be reactive along with her,” Lockhart said in her Wrangler Network interview. “I can’t give her enough credit for what she did. I probably thought about staying on Louie, but I jumped on her and we pulled this out of the hat, so thank you Rosa.”