Sarah takes reins at titles

October 04, 2017

Sarah Rawson-Harris on her horse Mississipi's Destiny aka Wheatley' with her coach Mick Taylor, husband Cody and daughter Dakota.

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

Early last year, Rawson-Harris 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, Rawson-Harris 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 run-off.

‘‘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.

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