Rid­ing for their coun­try

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

RODEO: For the next two months the Carl­son fam­ily will call Amer­ica home as chil­dren Clay­ton and Emi fly the flag for Aus­tralia.

The fam­ily flew out of the coun­try on Mon­day head­ing to Dal­las be­fore go­ing their sep­a­rate ways as both the chil­dren are com­pet­ing at events in dif­fer­ent towns.

Par­ents Tony and Ker­rie are ex­tremely proud of their chil­dren to be rep­re­sent­ing their coun­try in the sport of rodeo.

“This is some­thing they are both very pas­sion­ate about,” Mrs Carl­son said.

Pocket rocket Emi at only 10 years of age is rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in the All Amer­i­can Youth Bar­rel race at Jack­son, Mis­sis­sippi from June 13-17.

Af­ter she ar­rives in Amer­ica, Emi has to se­lect her horse and do some prac­tice be­fore com­pet­ing.

Af­ter Jack­son she will then ride at the NBHA World Youths in Perry, Ge­or­gia from July 20-28.

On Fri­day, May 26 Emi came sec­ond in the Open Ladies bar­rel race at the Fraser Coast NRA Rodeo and then trav­elled to Mid­dle­mount CRCA Rodeo to win the un­der-18 ju­nior bar­rel race the fol­low­ing day.

Com­pet­ing in Amer­ica isn’t new to Emi who, along with Ta­mara Buczma, in March last year rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at the Panama NBHA Young In­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

This is some­thing they are both very pas­sion­ate about. — Ker­rie Carl­son

Thir­teen-year-old Clay­ton gained se­lec­tion for the Aus­tralia Ju­nior Rodeo team to com­pete in the steer ride and chute dog­ging at Gon­za­les, Texas from June 13-16.

He then trav­els on to com­pete in the World High School fi­nals in the ju­nior bull ride. Clay­ton qual­i­fied for this at Char­ters Tow­ers back in March.

Clay­ton said he was look­ing for­ward to this won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to ride for his coun­try.

“As well as ex­pe­ri­enc­ing rodeo in the USA,” he said

Clay­ton had a win at Comet PRO rodeo on the week­end of May 27-28 in the un­der- 18 steer ride.

He is now keen to go get on some ju­nior bulls.

Both will com­pete at Jackpot Rodeos in be­tween com­pe­ti­tions, again for their coun­try.

Read­ers want­ing to fol­low Emi and Clay­ton on their trav­els can find out more by click­ing on Ker­rie Carl­son’s Face­book page.

The fam­ily flies home on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 2.

PHOTO: PUR­PLE FAIRY IM­AGERY

AMER­ICA BOUND: Clay­ton Carl­son in ac­tion in the rodeo arena.

PHOTO: CHER­ISH MY PIX PHOTOGRAPHY

Pocket rocket Emi Carl­son at 10 years old is prov­ing she is a force to be reck­oned with in bar­rels.

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