Sarah takes reins at ti­tles

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - By Hay­den Thom­son

With just 16 months train­ing un­der her belt, Murchi­son’s Sarah Raw­son-Har­ris has be­come a na­tional cham­pion.

Early last year, Raw­sonHar­ris was con­vinced to give horse rein­ing a go.

Hav­ing a back­ground in train­ing an­i­mals for tele­vi­sion, it was her nat­u­ral bond with an­i­mals which helped her to ex­cel so quickly.

‘‘I’m for­tu­nate that I have a back­ground in train­ing an­i­mals and an­i­mal be­hav­iour . . . we train a lot of trick horses, stunt horses and rid­ing horses for ac­tors,’’ Raw­son-Har­ris said.

Fol­low­ing 13 months of train­ing on her own and three months with Tatura’s Mick Tay­lor, Raw­sonHar­ris was ready to com­pete.

Last week, she com­peted in the Rein­ing Na­tional Ti­tles at Tam­worth and brought home one na­tional ti­tle and three plac­ings.

‘‘I came first in the green rider event, which is for peo­ple in their first year of rein­ing, and there prob­a­bly would’ve been 50 or 60 en­trants,’’ Raw­son-Har­ris said.

‘‘My sec­ond event was rookie and I fin­ished equal first and was the re­serve cham­pion fol­low­ing a runoff.

‘‘My third event was derby, which is a fea­ture event for young horses four, five and six years old ... and in the lim­ited non-pro divi­sion I fin­ished third.’’

Com­pet­ing against rid­ers with decades of ex­pe­ri­ence, Raw­son-Har­ris had hoped for a high fin­ish con­sid­er­ing all the work she had put in.

‘‘I’ll be go­ing back for sure,’’ she said.

‘‘I don’t want to be pro­fes­sional be­cause the film business comes first, but it is a re­ally en­joy­able hobby.’’

Tay­lor, from Spin Val­ley Ranch, and Cameron Hal­li­well, from Tatura Pine Shav­ings, also won na­tional ti­tles at the event.

Proud as punch: Sarah Raw­son-Har­ris on her horse Mis­sis­sippi’s Des­tiny aka Wheat­ley with her coach Mick Tay­lor, hus­band Cody and daugh­ter Dakota.

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