Cham­pion bar­rel racer

Emi gets an early Christ­mas present – a trip to Amer­ica in 2017

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Mur­ree

AN EX­CITED Emi Carl­son got her­self an early Christ­mas present, a trip back to Amer­ica next year.

The pocket dy­namo who turned 10 yes­ter­day was named the Aus­tralian Bar­rel Horse As­so­ci­a­tion’s (ABHA) 2016 Ju­nior 2D cham­pion at Mak­ing It Mega Speed to Suc­ceed at Gympie re­cently.

Held over six rounds dur­ing April, July and Oc­to­ber, Emi com­peted against 18-year-olds.

Apart from a seat on a plane to Amer­ica, Emi also won two buck­les and a bar­rel rac­ing sad­dle.

On hear­ing her name an­nounced as the win­ner, Emi broke down with tears of joy and then ev­ery­one else around her had tears of hap­pi­ness for her.

Mum Ker­rie Carl­son said Emi rode her tail off.

“We are so proud of her and her de­ter­mi­na­tion as she was only nine years old at the time,” she said.

Emi was also run­ner up in the Ju­nior 3D and third in 4D and won an­other buckle af­ter be­ing named the un­der-10s Lit­tle Drum­mers Cham­pion.

Mrs Carl­son said there were 400 un­der-18s in the ju­nior runs over those six rounds.

“Emi was ex­cited and looked for­ward to each event,” she said.

Her team of horses in­cludes Mr Bid­kid, Smarty Law­son, Pretty Ve­gas and her camp mare Guess.

Mrs Carl­son said the as­so­ci­a­tion only took the first placeget­ter in each event to ride at Jack­son, Mis­sis­sippi in June next year.

“The whole fam­ily will be go­ing over there for eight weeks,” she said.

“This will give Emi time to get fa­mil­iar with her horse as she has also qual­i­fied for the National Bar­rel Horse As­so­ci­a­tion (NBHA) event at Perry, Ge­or­gia in late July.”

Com­pet­ing in Amer­ica isn’t new to Emi who with Ta­mara Buczma in March were the sole Aus­tralian rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the Panama NBHA Young In­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

This is thanks to her won­der­ful spon­sors Debs Coun­try Out­fit­ters, Wises Mo­bile Tyres, Taleah Kate De­signs, CC Tack Shack and Childers Signs and De­signs for be­liev­ing in her.

Emi utilises the Dal­larnil Sports­ground for her train­ing.

She said she fed her horses twice a day so they could go faster.

She is pretty chuffed she now has 10 buck­les to her older brother’s four.

On Novem­ber 12 at the In­fin­ity Downs Bar­rels at Rock­hamp­ton Emi on Pirate Spi­der in one of her events un­for­tu­nately knocked the sec­ond drum. A clean run would have seen her break D1 rider Christy Jasper­son’s arena record.

On Fri­day night the fam­ily at­tended the end of year NBHA pre­sen­ta­tion at Gu­nalda.

Emi was named run­ner up in 2D and 3D, won 4D and 5D 1016 ju­nior cham­pi­ons as well as un­der 10 cham­pion in both bar­rels and bend­ing.

We are so proud of her and her de­ter­mi­na­tion... — Ker­rie Carl­son

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOP BAR­REL RACER: Dal­larnil’s Emi Carl­son is off to Amer­ica next year af­ter be­ing named the 2016 Ju­nior 2D cham­pion.

Emi Carl­son with the buckle and sad­dle for be­ing the 2016 Ju­nior 2D cham­pion.

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