Head­ing to Panama for cham­pi­onships

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By JODIE DIXON

THE re­gion is fa­mous for its long his­tory of rodeos and cham­pion horse rid­ers.

One spe­cial event, half­way across the world, will put Childers on the map, thanks to lo­cal girl, Emi Carl­son.

Emi is one of only two young Aus­tralians in­vited to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in Panama at the 2016 In­ter­na­tional Youth Com­pe­ti­tion.

The am­bi­tious nine-year-old Bar­rel rider lives in the small town of Dallarnil.

The fierce com­peti­tor is ready to take on the world and her big­gest ri­val, the United States of Amer­ica.

Proud par­ent Ker­rie Carl­son said the en­tire fam­ily is thrilled with the news of Emi be­ing se­lected for the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We were only no­ti­fied four weeks ago and I am un­der the pump to or­gan­ise ev­ery­thing in a short time,” Mrs Carl­son said.

Emi’s par­ents Tony and Ker­rie have both been try­ing to find sup­port and spon­sors to as­sist with the travel costs.

“Emi is very ex­cited; she has never been on a plane and she is count­ing down the sleeps,”

Al­though the Na­tional Bar­rel Horse As­so­ci­a­tion in Panama have gen­er­ously paid for all the ex­penses for the com­pe­ti­tion,

Emi needs funds for flights to Panama and other as­so­ci­ated costs.

The proud par­ents have a house full of buck­les, tro­phies and rib­bons, in­clud­ing four state ti­tles, and it con­tin­ues to grow.

“We have set up a go fund me page to help with the cost of flights; fin­gers crossed we can get more sup­port,”

Emi’s grand­par­ents, Poppy Chip and Nanny Dee, were ex­cited to hear of the news, and de­cided to re­ward Emi for all her hard work and train­ing with a trip to Dis­ney­land, af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

Four coun­tries will take part in the spe­cial event, as two rid­ers from Aus­tralia, USA, Brazil and Costa Rica will com­pete against one an­other over the three-day event.

“Emi and her team-mate, 16-year-old Ta­mara Buczma, of Biggen­den, are over the moon to be the only two se­lected,” Mrs Carl­son said.

The Carl­sons and Bucz­mas will all travel to­gether and they would like to thank Ta­nia Tarda, from Di­rect Gar­ment Print­ing Group, for do­nat­ing the team t-shirts.

“Any help of do­na­tions no mat­ter how small will be very much ap­pre­ci­ated, this is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity for Emi to rep­re­sent her coun­try,” she said.

For in­for­ma­tion phone Ker­rie on 0407 173 252 or visit www.gofundme.com/c4p8fwjg

Proud mother Ker­rie Carl­son Emi has never been on a plane and she is count­ing down the sleeps.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

POCKET ROCKET: Emi Carl­son won four buck­les on the bar­rel rac­ing cir­cuit while her horse Smarty Law­son was named over­all ju­nior high­est point horse.

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