Our Mia to face the best at world barrel racing championship
MIA Beauchamp was born to ride a horse.
The daughter of a champion bull rider and a barrel racer, Mia has taken to the saddle as quickly as one would expect from such a pedigree.
At just eight years old, Mia has qualified for the 2016 National Barrel Racing Association Youth World Championships, which will be held in Georgia, USA.
Mia is the youngest rider to qualify for the event which sees riders from across America and the world converge on the country town of Perry.
Her qualification as one of two riders from Australia in the under-18 competition prompted the NBHA president and secretary to contact her father Garth Beauchamp to congratulate his daughter on her achievement.
"She's always one of the youngest at the competitions," Beauchamp said.
"When Mia qualified we got a letter from the NBHA president to tell us she was the youngest to do so."
Garth and his wife Teagan met while competing at a rodeo 10 years ago.
"I had won the bull ride and Teagan had won the barrel race, we've been together ever since," he said.
"I guess Mia was born into it."
Mia competed in 18 events across Queensland last year and has taken huge strides in the past 12 months.
Mia has been learning the trade at the family property in Marburg and at the Palmerston Indoor Arena at Walloon.
Beauchamp said his daughter was a natural at the sport.
"I'm still nervous every time she goes for a run," he said.
"I just get excited about what's going to happen.
"We do a lot of track work at home and go to the arena to practice, it's a bit more controlled since it is indoors."
Beauchamp said barrel racing was the perfect sport for a family to do together.
"It's the best sport you could ever do, it's made for families," Beauchamp said.
"We just want her to have fun, we will do the technical things later,"
"She just loves it, Mia is a different kid when she's competing, she's a natural."
One hurdle for Mia will be finding and riding a new horse once the family reach America.
Beauchamp said the family had organised to find a horse for Mia through Chelsea Bartlett, a friend from Gympie who now lives in America.
"We will be going to Lavonia, Georgia for the first week we arrive for Mia to get used to the horse," he said.
"Chelsea's parents Greg and Sue Bartlett run one of the biggest barrel racing events in Australia, the Seed2Succeed Making it Mega."
Teagan still competes in barrel racing herself and qualified for the NBHA World Championships at the same venue later in the year.
Unfortunately with the cost of travel Teagan has decided to withdraw from the event so the family can travel together with Mia.
The family hope to raise funds to help cover the cost of the trip. Anyone who would like to help support the Beauchamp family can contact Garth on 0427 732999.