Rachael's riding passion began at the age of 5. Along with her dad Les and sister Lisa, many hours were spent riding together on the farm at Cowra. For a few years, the family travelled to Pony Club events all around the Central West and participated in all the fun to be had at Cowra Pony Club.
It wasn't long before Rachael's passion for Showing was evident so at 8, her first show pony, Bindi Eye Petite was purchased. It was from here that her addiction for high level competition began. Petite had been there and done that so was the perfect teacher to kick start Rachael's show career and ambitions.
At 10, a young pony, Warrawong Park Songbird was purchased and so the journey of two best friends began. A fairly highly strung pony, Songbird in her early days was anything but easy. Perseverance and determination prevailed through and they became a fantastic combination teaching and learning from each other. They ended up making a formidable partnership which enjoyed many successes at local and state level competitions and training to Medium level dressage.
Songbird taught that patience, kindness and trust are the ultimate keys to achieving the best result possible.
Since Songbird there have been many horses that Rachael has schooled and competed with success. Each one has taught their own lesson, which has helped Rachael to form her own individual approach to training and handling. Some notable ones would be Rathowen Reflective, Spanish City, Manorvale Lalique, Megawati, Heatherbrae Flash Jack, Rossington and Tarcoola Lord of the Rings.
SOME MEMORABLE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2000 - EA NSW RIDER OF THE YEAR - EA NSW HORSE OF THE YEAR - CLARENDON NSW
2000 - NSW's REPRESENTATIVE FOR RIDER OF THE YEAR - EA NATIONALS - WERRIBEE VIC
2000 and 2001 - EA NATIONAL JUNIOR JUDGE OF THE YEAR - EA NATIONALS - WERRIBEE VIC
2003 - SUPREME LED CHAMPION THOROUGHBRED WITH MEGAWATI - CANBERRA ROYAL SHOW
2005 - CHAMPION NOVICE GALLOWAY WITH RATHOWEN REFLECTIVE - SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW
2005 - RESERVE CHAMPION ANSA WITH RATHOWEN REFLECTIVE - SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW
2006 - TOP 10 GALLOWAY OF AUST WITH RATHOWEN REFLECTIVE - SHOWHORSE COUNCIL NATIONALS -
SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
2009 - SUPREME CHAMPION SADDLE PONY WITH HEATHERBRAE FLASH JACK -
SADDLEPONY NSW COUNTRY CHAMPS - PARKES NSW
2010 - CHAMPION NOVICE SHOW HUNTER GALLOWAY WITH HEATHERBRAE FLASH JACK - CANBERRA ROYAL SHOW