Shelby Bowtell has won the Western Australian Racing Trainer’s Association’s Encouragement Award for March.
Bowtell commenced her apprenticeship with Neville Parnham and has recently transferred to her father, John.
Bowtell, last season’s Leading Country Rider, rode her first Perth Saturday winner on Inok at Ascot on February 7.
She rated the veteran gelding, prepared by Parnham, to perfection when she dashed out of the gates early.
The promising young rider said it was a relief to breakthrough and post her milestone metropolitan win.
“I’m glad to get a Saturday away because I have been trying for a while,” said Bowtell on TAB Radio
“It’s good riding winners at Esperance and Geraldton but this tops it.”