Someone You Should Know: SD Barrel Racer Headed To Vegas For 11th National Finals Rodeo

She just finished competing at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center for the Sioux Falls PREMIER Rodeo. For many, the event was their last chance to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo or the Superbowl of their sport. But one South Dakota resident had nothing to lose. For the 11th consecutive year, the Professional Barrel Racer had already earned her trip to Las Vegas. That’s why Lisa Lockhart ‘Someone You Should Know.’

Lockhart has lived in Oelrichs, South Dakota with her husband Grady and three children for more than 20 years. But her passion for riding horses began much earlier, growing up on a farm and ranch in Montana.

“That was my passion is just to ride all of the time,” said Lockhart.

Lockhart started participating in rodeos when she was just 6-years-old. But it wasn’t until she was in college that she decided to make it her living.

“My passion for horses has run deep for a long time, but full well knowing that, it was just something I wanted to do day in and day out, and to train horses,” Lockhart said.

Lockhart joined the WPRA in 2000. She became an elite member of the Million Dollar Cowgirl Club in 2012 and now has more than $2 million in career earnings.

“We are all so competitive by nature that we give it our all whether you’re running for $5, $50, $500, $5,000, $50,000. It’s just the thrill of the victory,” said Lockhart.

Lockhart is currently ranked 9th in the World Standings. The top 15 make it to the big show in December. She secured her spot in the NFR this summer. Perhaps just as famous though is her buckskin.

“Louie’s been with me for a lot of years. He’s an amazing animal, an amazing athlete,” said Lockhart. “It’s always nice when you have a horse that enjoys a certain arena and he seems to love Las Vegas so that’s always a little bit more encouraging full well knowing you get to go to the biggest rodeo of the year and your horse loves it too.”

The 14-year-old has made 80 runs in Sin City, and he’s about to have a lot more. Lockhart says she’s counting on Old Faithful.

“Louie’s the man for Las Vegas. Louie’s the man.”

The 51-year-old says you’re only as good as your horse. And as long as she has the power, she wants to continue to compete in rodeos.

“I guess that’s my God given talent is to ride these horses so I guess I will use it to my ability as long as I can as long as they (looking towards Louie) allow me too.”

If you want to watch for Lisa, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo takes place on Dec. 7-16.

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