Jackie Ganter and her mother Angela Ganter with their NFR -qualifying stallion Guys French Jet. Photo by Kenneth Springer

Rachel Platten, if you’re reading this please consider this your official thank-you. Jackie Ganter dreamed of being the WPRA Barrel Racing Rookie of the Year, but sometimes you have to “fight” your way to the top (excuse my pun). That’s exactly what Ganter did in the 2015 season, and she did it with a little help from a 3 1/2 minute tune.

Jackie Ganter, like so many young girls, dreamed of one thing her entire life—becoming a champion barrel racer. She began her relationship with horses in a discipline further from the rodeo world than most would assume. As a youngster she competed in dressage, jumping and was an avid English rider. Soon, she evolved into a top-notch junior barrel racer climbing the ranks in divisional competition claiming championships and honors along the way. But for the Abilene, Texas, cowgirl, one thing always pulled at her heart. She wanted to be the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Resistol Rookie of the Year, qualify for the National Finals Rodeo, and she wanted to do it all by the time she was 18.

Well, it’s no secret that Ganter has since accomplished her lofty goal, doing it with style and humility, but what you may not know about the young cowgirl is what got her through the turmoil of her rookie year in 2015.

Lyrics. Lyrics and the will to win, of course, gave Ganter the strength to push past her obstacles to conquer the rookie road.

During a late-season slump, where Ganter was plagued with upsets, she fought her way back with the help from a 3 1/2 minute radio hit—Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”.

Jackie Ganter with Cartels Fame
Jackie Ganter and Cartels Fame at the 2014 BFA World Championships. BHN photo.

“This is my fight song Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright songMy power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.”

With these words as her motivation and inspiration, Ganter was determined to not give up. One way or the other she was going to accomplish her goal, even when it looked impossible.

“Finally, it kind of turned around… I think I won last hole somewhere and it was like I won the World,” Ganter said with a laugh. “Honestly, that song, ‘Fight Song’ by Rachel Platten, came out around that time and in it the lyrics say ‘I still have a lot of fight left in me,’ and I loved listening to that song. I would listen to it when I was warming up, heading to the rodeo, leaving the rodeo… I listened to it over and over and over again until I guess I just believed it. Honestly, that song turned my attitude around more than anything.”

If you want to listen to the song that pulled Ganter through—that is if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard it yet—you can watch the official video of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” here, and if you want to read the full lyrics you can find them on Google Play here.

To read the full story about Ganter’s Rookie year and how she overcame her struggles to win the Rookie of the Year award, be sure to catch the February 2016 issue of Barrel Horse News.

I’ll see ya down the road,

Kailey Sullins, Associate Editor, Barrel Horse News


Kailey Sullins is editor of Barrel Horse News, and an avid barrel racer and breakaway roper. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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  1. Saw your story this morning with my daughter whom is pationate about barell racing. We both were very moved by your strong will to go after a goal the hurdles we face in life are without a doubt difficult you have shown us both that with strong will and perserverence it’s how many times indeed that we get up and keep going We thank you for being at our breakfast table this morning you are our blessing!

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