Waitomo News : 27 February 2018
4 Waitomo News Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Proud to support our Young Achievers Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga • 07 873 8525 King Country Optometrists • Comprehensive eye examinations • Quality fashion frames • Contact lens fitting • Designer sunglasses • Spectacle subsidy if under 16 years with CS card FOCUSED ON QUALITY EYE CARE & EYEWEAR 89 Rora St, Te Kuiti t 07 878 8819 0800 878 8819 e firstname.lastname@example.org 1 Factory Drive (next to Ballance Fertilisers), Otorohanga p. 07 873 8079 f. 07 873 4840 m. 027 229 8437 e. email@example.com Congratulations to our Young aChieverS TIMBER • HARDWARE • BUILDING SUPPLIES Congratulations to the February’s Young Achiever who will receive a donation kindly sponsored by... ews YOUR NEWS, YOUR VIEWS WAITOMO Achiever A WAITOMO NEWS SPECIAL FEATURE Achiever Achiever YOUNG SALES | PARTS | SERVICE 1 Progress Drive, Otorohanga | 07 873 4004 www.gaz.co.nz | firstname.lastname@example.org Damien and Lyndsey Anselmi who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today! ews YOUR NEWS, YOUR VIEWS WAITOMO Tim Fargo ... and we agree HOLLY Church was born with barrel racing in her blood. The nine-year-old Otewa School student re- cently out-rode competitors almost twice her age to become the National Junior Barrel Rac- ing champion winning the title with a total of 510 points and a round to spare on the national rodeo circuit. With the final event of the competition taking place in March, Holly has an insurmountable lead, 110 points clear of the second placed competitor. The sport of barrel racing involves riding a horse around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern as fast as possible, and the young prodigy already has a wealth of experience behind her. “I’ve been barrel racing since I was two,” she says. And with a personal best ride of 16.98 seconds, she is right up there with the fastest riders in the country. Holly has a prestigious pedigree with rodeo in her blood. She entered her first rodeo at just six-years-old and seven members of her extended family are in the top 32 rodeo riders in New Zealand. INJURED Holly was right on track for the National Championship in 2016 until a broken arm kept her on the sideline for nine weeks. While she says “she rides every now and then,” her natural talent means she doesn’t require a dusk till dawn training regime. “She just turns up and wins which the kids (on the circuit) must find so annoying,” laughs Otewa OTEWA School student Holly Church, the current New Zealand Junior Barrel Racing champion in action at this month’s Kihikihi Rodeo. PHOTO Lauren Robinson, Lauren’s Images. School principal Suzanne Wright. Holly has ridden two different horses through- out her short career. “I used to have a little horse called SpongeBob but now I have a new one.” Sticking with the nautical theme, she named her new horse, a 14-year-old gelding –‘Nemo.’ “He’s pretty fast,” she says. When asked to explain her success, Holly credits her family. “It’s genetics,” says Mrs Wright. RUGBY PASSION “She comes from a pretty famous rodeo family and rugby too with her big brother (Dean) playing for the Rams.” Like her brother, Holly also plays rugby and is one of only two girls representing the Otoro- hanga Bulls. While not afraid of a collision, the little winger uses her speed to run around the outside of her male counterparts. “I like playing with the boys, I enjoy the chal- lenge,” she says. Although she would love to travel abroad and compete on international rodeo circuits, her big- gest passion is on the footy field. Like her idol Black Ferns and NZ Sevens try scoring machine Portia Woodman who is “fast and very good at tackling,” Holly says she wants to don the Black Ferns jersey one day. Holly will be presented with her barrel racing championship trophy at the Wanaka National Finals Rodeo on the March 11, where she’ll com- pete in the final barrel racing event of the season. Holly’s a national champ!
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