GUEST POST BY MELISSA SWORD
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.”
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.