Ditto to above.
All the "big name" barrel racers learned from a trainer at some point. So she needs to find someone who has been extrememly successful in barrel racing, to learn from.
Nothing wrong with dreaming big. But if you want to get there, it won't be easy.
wanting to open her own ranch........is there anything I should get her into now to help her achieve her goal of owning her own farm.
If she's 16, she should be able to get a job.
Have her go find a big ranch nearby and ask for work. If she can't get paid, then volunteer. Sure, owning a big ranch is glamorous (as is being a big time barrel racer) but what most of the public doesn't realize is most of your week is filled with:
--hauling manure out of the corrals in the spring
--pushing snow in the winter so you can get to the corrals
--taking sick calves or sick foals to the vet
--re-fixing the fence that your horse just ran through
--cleaning and oiling your tack on a regular basis
--spraying the pasture for weeds
--picking up manure in the arena
--digging and working the arena
--fixing the broken gate in the corral
--checking the electric fence to find out where it is shorting out because its not working
--feeding the horses in the morning and the evening EVERY SINGLE DAY
--loading square bales onto a flat bed trailer in 90 degree weather during haying season
--unloading square bales (the ones you just loaded) into the barn
Etc Etc Etc
The list is endless. The only "glamorous" part of being a barrel racer is that 20-some seconds you spend in front of the crowd at a rodeo or barrel race. The rest of it is work, work, work. 24/7 work because you always have to take care of the ranch and the critters.
If your daughter can get some experience working or volunteering for a ranch, she will get a better taste to decide if that truly is the life she wants.