Archives for October 2010

Kylie Whiteside

Reflect, Review and Reset


As rodeo season draws to an end, and most of the barrel racing finals have wrapped up, I like to take the time to look back at the goals I had set at the beginning of the year. Being relatively new to the barrel racing scene, I think is it beneficial to approach improving my riding just like you would tackle any new skill you want to learn. So with that in mind, I took advantage of the cold, snowy evenings of last winter to read up on goal setting, mental toughness and how to be a better competitor. With all of my new knowledge I went ahead and set some fairly lofty goals, along with a detailed action plan of how to achieve them.

And now with the leaves changing and the chill of fall rushing in I would like to share some of what I have learned…

1.  Don’t wait until the end of the year to review your goals! They do you no good in a nice, coiled notebook, so put them out where you can see them everyday. I think this would have helped on those days where I felt awfully busy, tired or frustrated, to provide a reminder of what I am working towards.

2.  Create or review your action plan with someone who is an expert in your field.  While my husband is an accomplished athlete and a generally smart guy ( or so I think) he is not a winning barrel racer, and therefore can not provide me with specific steps or ideas I might be missing.

3.  Don’t be afraid to modify your plan, as certain factors are out of your control. Say, for instance, your horse gets injured and you don’t have as much time to condition or work on certain exercises as you had originally scheduled.  Revisit your plan and evaluated the best course of action.  I think it is very important to feel confident, so maybe you need to hold of entering that event you had planned, until you feel more fully prepared.

4.  Never quit.  The act of losing does not exist if you continue pursuing your goal.

So now it is time to set new goals and create an action plan to achieve them. I have a new horse to season this fall and winter, and am finding it challenging to decide on specific, measurable goals –  as winter barrel racing can provide its own set of issues if Mother Nature decides to be nasty. But, what I have learned from my initial attempt at goal setting is to make sure I keep those goals where I can see them and revisit my plan if we happen to have an unusually cold or snowy winter.

Happy Trails!

CPRA Year End Winners Announced


For the first time in the history of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA), the Tie-Down Roping Horse of the Year and Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year awards will be awarded to horses from the same herd. Curtis Cassidy’s 13-year-old gelding Stick has been named the Canadian Tie-Down Roping Horse of the Year for 2010, while Deuce, a 10-year-old gelding also owned by the Canadian High Point leader, was voted Canadian Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year.

“Yes, those are my horses,” Cassidy beamed with pride. “Any time you have a horse that’s voted horse of the year, it’s prestigious and nice,” he added with a smile. “I think part of the reason they won is I do mount quite a few guys on Deuce and on Stick, and the guys, when they vote, kind of use that as a judgment at the end of the year,” he noted. “They both had lots of runs, went to lots of rodeos on both sides of the border. I was just glad one of them won, and then when they both won it was really good to hear,” he grinned.

Other winners of the 2010 Timed Event Horse of the Year awards include Rana Koopmans’ barrel horse Doc, who was voted Ladies Barrel Racing Horse with the Most Heart, Shadow, owned by Dale Skocdopole, as the Team Roping Heading Horse of the Year, and Ice, owned by Scott Auclair, as the Team Roping Heeling Horse of the Year.

Rana Koopman riding Doc, "Ladies Barrel Racing Horse with the Most Heart" winner. Photo Courtesy: Mike Copeman

The CPRA is also pleased to announce the 2010 award winners for Stock of the Year, the years’ top stock contractor, as well as the Specialty Acts and Announcer of the Year.

Harvey Northcott Rodeo Co.’s 242 Get Smart has been named the Canadian Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year. The eight-year-old bay gelding – an offspring of the infamous Wyatt Earp – was voted Saddle Bronc Horse of the CFR in 2009, and will be making his third consecutive appearance at the 37th annual Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) this November. Outlawbuckers Rodeo Corp.’s M22 OLS Tubs Ross River, in his rookie year, picks up the Canadian Bareback Horse of the Year award. The black brockle-faced bull C-301 Speed Dial, from the Calgary Stampede’s stock contracting firm, was voted the 2010 Canadian Bull of the Year for the second year in a row. Harvey Northcott Rodeo Co. was named Stock Contractor of the Year, less than a month after the passing of owner Harvey Northcott.

Another historical first has occurred in relation to the 2010 CPRA Awards: the Specialty Act of the Year award has been split into two separate categories, one each for comedy and dress act. The Specialty Act of the Year (Comedy) award goes to Ash Cooper of Senlac, Sask., while the award for Specialty Act of the Year (Dress) goes to trick rider Niki Cammaert. The Announcer of the Year award goes to six-time CFR announcer Les McIntyre of Claresholm, Alta., who also won the award in 2009.

The Ponoka Stampede was voted as the Committee of the Year (large rodeos) for the fourth time since 2001. The award for smaller rodeos goes to the La Crete committee for the second year in a row, while Lea Park, Alta. earned the Committee of the Year award for a medium sized rodeo for the first time.

The barrel racers also acknowledged Lea Park with their most improved ground award, and the Coleman, Alta. (best small) and La Crete, Alta. (best large) committees with the Golden Rake awards for the best ground.

The awards will be presented at The Westin Hotel in Edmonton, Alta. on Thursday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m.

Also announced are the personnel for the Finals.

Heading to the CFR are pick-up men Gary Rempel, making his record-breaking 13th appearance at the Finals, and Jason Resch, who makes his fourth consecutive appearance. Bullfighters David Sandilands and Jesse Byrne will be in the arena protecting the cowboys during the bull riding performances. Byrne’s cousin, Scott Byrne, is the alternate.

Maxine Baird will make her 22nd appearance as a CFR timer. She will be paired with Brenda Vold, who makes her sixth consecutive appearance.

Here’s a look at Curtis Cassidy steer wrestling at the Wrangler Canadian Pro Rodeo Tour Finals, Armstrong BC, along with Harley Cole, Ted Gollaher, Hunter Cure and Todd Maughan.

Eagle View Equestrian Centre


Manager, Barrel Racer, Speed Events Coach, Trainer, BCBRA Circuit Secretary, Mother and Wife, these are some of Lori’s titles (not necessarily listed in order of importance!).

The first time I saw multi-talented Lori Rankin of Eagle View Equestrian Centre ride her horse, Kisses, it was a pretty wild ride. A smile on her face, Lori laughed out loud as Kisses sped wildly through the barrel pattern, knocking all three barrels. I don’t think anyone watching, possibly even Lori herself, knew what an awesome barrel horse Kisses would turn into…winning rodeos, barrel races, multiple awards and gaining a large fan club in the process.

Here is what Lori has to say about Kisses: “Kisses (Streakin Anita) is retired from barrel competition. I still use her for lessons, trail rides and cattle sorting competition. I raised her, she is a part of our family and will remain here the rest of her life. She is the reason I got into barrel racing and together we have learned and experienced so much. Her greatest achievements are winning the 2005 BCRA Season Leader and 2005 CPRA Ladies Barrel Racing Permit Award Runner-Up. It brings tears to my eyes when she is gently packing a 4 yr old around the arena at the slowest possible jog so they will stay in the saddle.”

Lori Rankin riding Whiz Heir

Eagle View Equestrian Centre, a first class, full service facility located in Williams Lake, BC is owned by Lori’s parents, Barb and Bob Henson. Besides barrel racing, events held at Eagle View include cattle sorting, clinics, the ever fun Halloween gymkhana, and the annual B.C. Barrel Horse Showcase, a two day event usually held in August, featuring BCBRA approved races, Futurity and Derby Incentives, $1,000.00 in added money and prizes for the average winners. This year Lori postponed the event to October 9 & 10 due to the smoke filled air caused by the fires burning throughout B.C.

Group Shot of James Allen Sorting Clinic. Photo Courtesy: D. Lawrence Photography.

information about Eagle View Equestrian Centre or their upcoming events, contact Lori at 250-392-2584, [email protected] or check out the web site at

Lori's daughter, Danaya Rankin