After competing in the CPRA for three years, Kyle Whiteside is headed to her very first Canadian Finals Rodeo. The Longview, Alberta cowgirls passion is barrel racing and training horses. At just 18 years of age, one could say, shes living the dream.
Whiteside will be running Isle Be Right On aka Hooey, who she purchased from her aunt, and her sisters horse Irish Gold Rush aka Rancho.
After competing in 40 CPRA rodeos, and pocketing $16,272, Kylie is coming to the finals in tenth position.
What quirks does your horse have?
Well Hooey doesn’t know what a walk is, its always gotta be anything faster than a walk, and hes got some weird kinda belly roll when he gets excited.
How would you describe your horses barrel racing style?
He is a push style horse. I really have to make sure I keep him moving forward.
What things do you want people to know about your horse?
He is not very big but he has the biggest heart with so much try. He definitely has his own mind on how things should be done.
What was your favorite rodeo this year and why?
My favourite would be Armstrong, BC. Everything is so upbeat and it has a great atmosphere!
We all know that being competitive take serious mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo?
I keep looking ahead to the next run and I don’t look back at the bad ones.
How do you stay motivated throughout the season?
Well, I love it so it makes it a lot easier to want to keep going, and when it gets tough, I keep looking at the goal I have in mind.
What does your feed program look like, keeping your horses in peak condition going down the road and even in the off-season?
I like to feed a pretty good amount of alfalfa, cubes and hay. Some supplements and performance grain.
What do you do to condition your horses leading up to this season and what does your pre-CFR routine consist of?
Lots of long trotting across the field and a very small amount of barrel work.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been told regarding life, horses, rodeo or barrel racing?
Live your dreams, never quit and always try your best.
What has been your most memorable run over the years?
Winning the short round at Strathmore!
If you could make a run on any one of the other CFR qualifiers Horses which one will you choose and why?
Taylor Mannings horse, Matlock. He looks powerful and fun!
What is the one thing you cannot live without on the road?
My little dog Cola.
What are you looking forward to the most as you head to the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo?
The atmosphere of the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
*Photos submitted by Kylie