While I was at the Royal Horse Show I interviewed Paige Mawson, she was competing in the Children’s Hunter Division. Paige rides and trains with Gryphon Farms and her horse’s name is Westmalle. In the barn his nickname is Coach. He is 7 years old and stands 15.3 hands high.
At the Royal, Paige and Coach were competing in a 3’ hunter division called the Children’s Hunters. This class
is for people under 18 years old. I asked Paige what was special about showing at the Royal. Her response was, “The Royal represents how hard you have worked over the entire year of competitions. You have to qualify to compete at the Royal and they only take the top 12 riders in Ontario!”
Paige’s favourite part of the Royal was seeing her name on the big screen in the middle of the ring. This was
Paige’s first time competing at the Royal. She placed 2nd in the under saddle and had 4th, 6th and 10th place finishes over fences – a very successful performance! In an under saddle class a horse is judged on their way walk, trot and canter, going both directions of the ring. In an over fences class, horses are judged on their
form and style while jumping a course of 8 to 10 obstacles.
I asked her if it was hard to qualify for the Royal. She said “It was very hard because you have to be very consistent over the whole show season. It took me 2 years to finally qualify!”
Showing at the Royal Horse Show was a dream come true for Paige. Next year she is hoping to qualify in the
Junior Hunter Division!