Hometown Hero: Rachel D’Ellena

This week’s Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses Hometown Sports Hero is Rachel D’Ellena.

The 17-year-old is a two-time Tri-State Youth Barrel champion, who has already raced at the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships and April’s International Pro Rodeo Event in Boston.

The North Kingstown native is shooting to again make her mark this year at the N.B.H.A World Championships and at the Junior N.F.R Finals in Las Vegas in December, where she would face off against the top-30 junior riders in the world.

D’Ellena is hoping to match her love of riding with a career in the mental health field, using horses in treatment to help young children deal with anxiety and depression.

If you have a Hometown Sports Hero you’d like to nominate, email sports@wpri.com.