In the third-season premiere, Kris learns what happened to Kerry while Raintree deals with the unexpected fallout of the Breeders' Cup win. Meanwhile, Dani takes over the Davis ranch, but that doesn't stop her father from calling the shots; and Jean welcomes home a familiar face after a death in the family.
Kris resorts to desperate measures to ease Raintree's financial crisis; Matt tries to beat Dani at her own game in a battle for an important client's business; and Junior finds old habits hard to break.
Kris has a falling-out with Jean over Wildfire's readiness to race again; Junior's new career move leads to a clash with a professional bull rider; Charlotte contemplates selling her share of the Davis farm.
The destruction of Kris's trailer by fire forces her to move into the Ritters' house, which brings her closer to an old flame; Junior gets a rude welcome to the bull-riding circuit by some of the old pros; and Dani has a new suitor.
Kris is distracted by the return of her rival, Tina Sharp (Amy Jo Johnson), who is tapped to ride a Raintree boarder's horse that used to belong to the Davis ranch. Meanwhile, R.J. is irked when business precedes pleasure in his romance with Dani. Nashville singer Landon Pigg performs “Can't Let Go” and “Eggshells” at Bobby's nightclub.
Kris is overcome by emotion when she helps Matt and Junior try to save Flame from being sold by Junior's dad; Dani takes a surprising step in her relationship with R.J.; and Gillian senses it might be time to get a place with Matt.
Kris worries about her status at Raintree after Gillian moves into the bunkhouse with Matt and begins offering unsolicited advice about Wildfire's training. Meanwhile, a Davis family health scare brings Junior back to the ranch, but Dani isn't so sure she needs any help.
With Raintree in dire financial straits, Jean and Matt's willingness to consider a buyer's offer draws criticism from Pablo and Kris. Meanwhile, Junior and Gillian find common ground in their family histories.
Gillian's romance with Matt is doomed when he can't hide his affection for Kris any longer; a tragic incident at the rodeo hits too close to home for Dani; Pablo considers a new career opportunity; and Junior rethinks his working relationship with his father.
Kris and Matt's rekindled relationship comes as a shock to Junior, who is distracted by consoling Dani in her time of mourning. Meanwhile, the search is on for a new trainer at Raintree, but Matt's decision could spell doom for the family business.
Kris' endeavors to get accustomed to her new relationship with Matt and deal with Pablo's departure are interrupted by a surprise visit from her half brother (Ignacio Serricchio), but she's suspicious of his sudden arrival.
Kris tries to repair the rift between Matt and Junior, but the tension is exacerbated by the approach of the important Bristol Stakes and the return of Gillian, who proceeds to resume her bonding with Junior. Lindsay Price performs two songs from her EP, “Someone Like Me.”