Mare Making Her Mark on Polished Rider
The full time horsewoman from Cambridge was the only one of 15 riders to go double clear over the Greg Best-designed course. Just five came back for the jump-off where clears were thin on the ground until Rachel, as the last to go, crossed the flags adding nothing to her tally. Runner-up Trudi Mitchell (Wairoa) and Epic NZPH had four faults in their 42.07-second round with Sam Whale (Cambridge) and Fleur DeLacour finishing with eight faults in 37.52 seconds. Eventer Vicky Browne-Cole (Waiuku) and Corona Xtreme were the fastest of the jump-off with their 36.79-second round but paid dearly for their speed with 12 faults.
“I thought I would need to go faster in that jump-off but in the end only needed a tidy clear,” said Rachel. “I have really enjoyed Greg’s courses – they are definitely courses for riders. You have to be organised and make decisions but they are fair and get riders thinking, which is just what we need.”
Ringside to watch Onessa MVNZ win was Mount View Sport Horses breeder Wendy Keddell. The mare is by Escudo I, out of Contessa who is by Contender. Rachel broke the horse in and worked with it early on before buying her as a four-year-old. “I just really liked her,” she said.
The mare has been very consistent in the seven-year-old series classes. “She is really starting to shine.”
Onessa is a favourite at home where her nickname is Button. “She is everyone’s favourite and is just cute as a button. She is pretty special.”
The combination will start in the Bronze Tour later this week as part of their build-up to the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show.
It’s been a busy run for Rachel – husband John has been out with injury for the past six months meaning she’s been far busier with her riding. They usually have 35-40 horses at their property covering pre-training, breaking in and ready-to-runs. “He’s been doing a lot more daddy day care with (18-month-old) Oliver, and I have been riding. It is good fun doing the race horses – I do enjoy it.”
Rachel admits Onessa is working her magic on her. “I am rapt with her. She is a real competitor and definitely one for the future. She loves to leave everything up. I haven’t had many mares but she is certainly winning me over.”
Partridge Jewellers Seven-Year-Old: Rachel Malcolm (Cambridge) Onessa MVNZ (by Escudo I, out of Contessa – Contender) 1, Trudi Mitchell (Wairoa) Epic NZPH (by Non Plus Ultra III, out of Paparazzi NZPH – Cabdula du Tillard) 2, Sam Whale (Cambridge) Fleur DeLacour (by Corofino II, out of Jazz – Lio Caylon) 3, Jesse Linton (Hastings) Beau Balou (by Balou Du Rouet, out of Vertical Horizon – Prince of Kellina) 4, Vicky Browne-Cole (Waiuku) Corona Xtreme (by Corofino II, out of Legacy Xtreme – Littorio) 5, Olivia Prendergast (Matamata) Souther Field (by Sangster, out of Chloe – by Glendevon Commander) 6.
Style prize: Rachel Malcom (Cambridge) Onessa MVNZ 1, Trudi Mitchell (Wairoa) Epic NZPH 2, Jesse Linton (Hastings) Beau Balou 3.
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Photo by Cheleken Photography, words by Diana Dobson