Another Amateur Championship for Rachael
The EMT registrar from Waikato Hospital took the Partridge Jewellers Amateur Championship with a lovely double clear aboard Scott Borland’s SB Attitude. And it’s not the first time Rachael and Scott have teamed up to win at Takapoto, having won the amateur championship with SB Smokescreen in 2019 and a qualifier last year.
True to form, the two didn’t have the best of lead-ins to the big show with SB Attitude having been off for some time with a paddock injury.
“She is just a fantastic horse,” said Rachael of SB Attitude. “She is a little cheeky but one of the best I have ever ridden. She loves to jump and is very happy to be back.”
Twenty-five started the Amateur Championship with just two coming back for the jump-off where Rachael was first out, leaving everything up and putting the pressure on Kristin Manson (Auckland) aboard Bellhaven Misty Blue who finished the round more than seven seconds slower, with eight faults for second place. The rest of the minor placings were all four faulters.
Rachael was over the moon with the win. “This is certainly my favourite show. It is so beautiful and the horses always jump really well here.”
Scott has owned the mare since she was four with Clarke Johnstone having the ride last season. He had plenty of good things to say about both his horse and the rider. “Rachael is a very polished rider and we work well together.”
He has no plans to sell the mare and already has one “quite fancy” foal on the ground from her. “She (SB Attitude) is highly strung but has finally settled in to know her job. She is a very talented horse.”
Partridge Jewellers Amateur Championship: Rachael Bentall (Hamilton) SB Attitude 1, Kristin Manson (Auckland) Bellhaven Misty Blue 2, Tessa Silcock (Nelson) Cracker Xtreme 3, Anna Kincheff (Rotorua) Red Socks 4, Zoe Shore (Ashburton) Saffron 5, Laura Hutterd (Taranaki) Kiwi Mana 6.
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Photo by Hannah Comrie NZ Supergroom and Photographer, words by Diana Dobson