Benalla's Amber McIntyre is today in Las Vegas, but her good friend Jo Coyle is in Melbourne preparing to go and win some big bucks to fund a trip overseas.By Meg Pigram
It has been her dream for years, and today it has come somewhat true.
Amber McIntyre has dreamed of going to the United States with her nine-year-old quarter-horse gelding Woody for some time.
While Woody didn’t go with Amber and her fiancé when they left for the States today, it is hoped by early next year she will have the funds to bring him over.
Amber could have the $17
‘‘Jo is into rodeos as well, and she rang me and said ‘Let’s apply for the show’,’’ Amber said.
At first hesitant about the idea, they filled out the audition form and six months later they had told Amber’s story to the producers, who invited them in for the show.
Amber said the only day available for them was tomorrow; that’s just one day too late for Amber, but Jo accepted the audition and will front up to the Melbourne studios to film the show.
‘‘They do five in a day, and then just run them after that,’’ Amber said.
While the reason for Jo being on the show is Amber’s need for cash to send Woody to America, Jo hopes she can share the money.
Amber said Jo asked if she could have $8000 to pay off her car loan if she (Jo) won big dollars.
‘‘But I want her to have half of what we get,’’ Amber said.
Amber said she credited Jo for being brave and going on the show.
‘‘Jo is very outgoing, bright and bubbly, and a big risk taker, so I am glad it’s her because I would be very shy.’’
Late last week, Channel Seven couldn’t confirm an airing date for Jo’s episode, but it could be anytime in the next six to 12 months.
While Jo stands on the podium with Channel Seven personality Andrew O’Keefe, trying to bank more than $200
‘‘There are a lot of sponsors there and I will be able to talk to them about maybe sponsoring me,’’ Amber said.
In an ideal world, Amber would get the financial backing to return to Houston in February.
‘‘It’s cutting it fine, I know, but that’s what I would like. I will be gone for three months, flying back and forth to see my boys,’’ she said.
While Amber will return home just in time for Christmas, she hopes to be back over in the United States early next year for a much longer period.
‘‘I would just start with three months, but I would fly back for the four-day Australian finals on the Gold Coast in July.’’
That’s where she will defend her Australian Barrel Racing title.
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