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