Featured Video: Barrel Racer Jackie Ganter



What does it take to win on the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) circuit? Hard work, guts, and a few good horses. And for Jackie Ganter, a family connection to the sport of barrel racing helps, too.

Jackie’s mother, Angela, is also a competitive barrel racer, but as a kid, Jackie took a different path and competed in English riding. That changed when she was 12 years old and decided to try running barrels.

Jackie Ganter


At age 18, Jackie reached her goals of qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and winning Rookie of the Year, and she has no intention of slowing down. Today’s video shows some footage of Jackie, her horses, and her family, as she shares the story of her rise to the top at a young age.

Learn more about Jackie Ganter’s journey in her interview with Red Bull here.

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Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, Ky.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.



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