barrel racer


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.

It is a muggy, stifling morning in Southern Oklahoma. The red maples have begun their fall blush and rain puddles the drive, yet the air remains thick with humidity and heavy with ongoing summer. There will be no cool air today. Buttoning the cuffs of her long-sleeved shirt, a petite figure steps out of the grey daylight and into the shadowy quiet of the barn. This is Kay Whittaker Young. She moves quickly, smoothly, her eyes scanning the stalls for signs of the horses that are in her care. As if on a rotating cue, six heads appear one at a time over the stall doors, ears up, eyes glittering.