Rachel jumps for joy

By Charlotte Wooldridge | posted on November 6, 2020

A MOUNT Barker girl has taken out the title of WA 2020 State Jumping Titles Champion for under 25s after travelling to Perth to place in the fierce competition.

Year 10 student Rachel Henderson and her mare Hylite Lodge won the 85cm Grand Prix amongst 20 other competitors.

Rachel’s passion for riding was nurtured from a young age, following in her mother’s footsteps who is also a competitive rider.

“I’ve loved horses ever since I could walk basically,” Rachel said.

“My mum’s always been very passionate about it, she’s also pursued equestrian, so I followed suit.”

Despite a fairly new partnership between Rachel and the young warmblood, assistance from the likes of Sonja Johnson through Rachel’s involvement in the Great Southern Eventing Squad allowed the bond to quickly develop over their 18 months together.

Rachel said she hoped to pursue equestrian into the future, with a goal of riding in the big ring next year.

“I love the team spirit around show jumping and the thrill you get from it,” she said.

“I’d just like to get up to the bigger heights.”

Rachel and Hylite Lodge can be seen competing throughout November at the Mount Barker Show, Albany Spring Fair and Yalambi Show Jumping Classic.