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Lockhart Locks Up Round 3 Win at Wrangler NFR

By Amy Wilson

The solid and spectacular team of Lisa Lockhart and Louie (An Oakie With Cash) edged a fast field to claim the WPRA Barrel Racing win in Round 3 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Only one tenth of a second separated the top 6 with Lockhart’s run of 13.72 seconds being the fastest time of the 2016 WNFR so far. “Yeah it was crazy fast tonight,” the 10-time WNFR qualifier said. Lockhart has ridden Louie 7 of those years. She explained her game plan on the 13 year old buckskin gelding for tonight, “Anticipating that first barrel is always a tough thing for all of us, so I was very determined tonight to not anticipate it too much, and trust him and believe he would go where he needed to go. He did, and it felt so good.” 

photoLisa Lockhart
Photo by Kenneth Springer

While sitting in the alley waiting to run, Lockhart’s husband helps keep Louie happy. “Grady is so awesome – just petting on him and keeping him quiet. Actually, I crack up looking at Louie because his ears are forward and he watches everything down the tunnel and in the arena. It’s just crazy,” Lockhart said with a big smile, knowing how much Louie loves it all. 

When asked, most of the other 2016 WNFR Barrel Racer’s said if given the chance to ride another qualifier’s horse, they would choose Louie. If Lockhart had to make a run on another qualifier’s horse, she said, “Foxy of Kimmie Wall’s looks like a fun ride!”

Impressively, Lockhart only went to 38 rodeos to finish the regular season ranked 7th. Thanks to the help of Louie, she is now third in the WPRA World Standings and third in the average. Plus, Lockhart gets to accept the go-round buckle while being joined by her family which includes her nephew Jess Lockwood, who is the 2016 PBR Rookie of the Year. 

photoLisa Lockhart
Photo by Kenneth Springer

“He’s super supportive of me, and I’m so supportive of his career. It’s so fun to have him in the family,” Lockhart said of the talented 19 year old superstar. 

Also lighting up the nearly 17,000 fans in the Thomas and Mack during Round 3, was Sherry Cervi with 13.73 seconds. She now leads the average. Jackie Ganter was a close third with a run of 13.74 seconds. Ivy Conrado, who was 15th on the ground, and Amberleigh Moore split 4th with times of 13.79. And, 2016 WPRA Barrel Racing Rookie of the Year, Cayla (Melby) Small ran a 13.82 to earn 6th place.