AMER­I­CAN DREAM

Holly Allen to race to the States for World Champs

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

YOUNG GUN: Eureka bar­rel rac­ing star and horse sport en­thu­si­ast Holly Allen is fundrais­ing her way to the World Youth Bar­rel Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships in Ge­or­gia, USA.

THE rise of Holly Allen in the world of bar­rel rac­ing will be one to keep an eye on for years to come.

The Eureka teenager took up the sport about two years ago, but al­ready her skill on horse­back has opened the door to an op­por­tu­nity of which vet­eran rid­ers can only dream.

Just five months from now the Isis Dis­trict State High School stu­dent will go on the trip of a life­time to com­pete in Ge­or­gia, USA.

The 16-year-old qual­i­fied for the Youth World Bar­rel Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships, but it is not just the at­trac­tion of com­pe­ti­tion that has drawn Allen state­side.

It is an op­por­tu­nity for Allen to glimpse what could be her fu­ture, with the Year 12 stu­dent dreaming of a pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

“I def­i­nitely want to fol­low bar­rel rac­ing fur­ther,” she told the Town & Coun­try ear­lier this week.

“I would love to be­come a pro but that’s re­ally hard to do here so I’d have to go over­seas.”

It is a life-chang­ing sac­ri­fice Allen is more than happy to make, and of which she has the full sup­port of her fam­ily.

Mum Julie Allen is right be­hind her daugh­ter, and will spend the next few months rais­ing money so the for­mer vi­o­lin­ist can take full ad­van­tage of the chance.

Allen’s Bris­bane-based aunt will sell raf­fle tick­ets in Queens­land’s cap­i­tal to help get her across the Pa­cific Ocean, while lo­cal busi­nesses have al­ready jumped on board for lo­cal raf­fles.

Biggen­den Meats has of­fered a voucher for the lucky win­ner, as has Cal­tex Childers.

Ev­ery­one’s fo­cus is squarely on Allen, who spends al­most ev­ery af­ter­noon on horse­back fine-tun­ing her skills.

“You could say Holly had a short­cut as her first horse was al­ready trained,” ex­plained Julie.

“She could learn on good horses so she knows how they should feel.”

As com­fort­able as she has re­cently been on horses Carla and Bella, the 16-year-old said it was not al­ways that way.

While Allen said she tried to re­lax be­fore com­pe­ti­tions, she ad­mit­ted it “took 12 or so months” to get her nerves un­der con­trol.

Be­fore her first event she was “ex­tremely ner­vous”, but has man­aged to get to a point where she con­trols her nerves dur­ing regular state cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances.

“I try to walk around, talk to peo­ple and try not to think about it,” Allen said.

“It took me all year be­fore that – I used to get pretty sick be­fore­hand.”

Allen is in the process of or­gan­is­ing what she hopes is a huge Na­tional Bar­rel Horse As­so­ci­a­tion event at Dal­larnil next week­end.

16-year-old bar­rel racer Holly Allen I would love to be­come a pro but I’d have to go over­seas.

To en­ter the event or for more in­for­ma­tion phone the Allens on 4126 2664, or email julieallen@hot­mail.com.au.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN FORM: Holly Allen shows how it’s done at a re­cent bar­rel rac­ing event. She will take on the best in the world later this year.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

Holly Allen is fundrais­ing for the world cham­pi­onships.

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