NOT only is Cassandra Schmidt the glamorous face of local racing but she sure can ride.
The first female rider to win the Northern Rivers Racing Association jockey's premiership picked up another title this week when named NSW Racing's Country Apprentice of 2013.
Apprenticed to father (Dwayne) on the Gold Coast and in just her second full season of riding, the Port Macquarie-born Schmidt rode 47 winners in the NRRA to finish five ahead of Coffs Harbour's Raymond Spokes.
The granddaughter of legendary country trainer Glenn Hodge has many local connections, starting with early teenage years in pony club and winning many prizes at the equestrian centre at Nana Glen.
Older sister Priscilla had already established herself as a talent when Cassie began her career but it was Coffs-based trainer Gordon Yorke who first spotted the potential and began to put on winning chances.
And it was Yorke who supplied the winning horse Radiologist in that historic moment when the siblings filled the quinella placings at Grafton races on April 8.
From more than 800 race rides, Cassie has now ridden 102 winners.
She still has almost 18 months to go in her indentures but being very tall for a jockey and riding at 53kg, her time in the saddle may have a time limit.