COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M equestrian senior Paige Russell rode to an Amateur Owner Hunter Division championship at the Rocky Mountain Classic I in Calgary, Alberta this summer.
Russell (Cochrane, Alberta) won the event on her mare, Temptation, at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping. The Amateur Owner Hunter Division, Russell’s class, was combined with the competitive Junior Hunter Division to create an optimal class size. Riders competed in three over fences courses and one under saddle class. Russell took second in the under saddle class and the first over fences course, before finishing first in the final two courses to win the championship.
“My mare is so wonderful and I have such a great time whenever I get to show her,” Russell said. “I was really excited that I just got to show, and even more excited that we were so successful. She is usually leased out when I go home, so it was really special that I got to ride her myself. It was just what I needed to get ready for the season this year – a little confidence boost and a lot of fun.”
Russell had five wins on the flat for Texas A&M in 2012-13, and earned a Most Outstanding Player (MOP) award. She also posted two of the Aggies’ top five equitation on the flat scores last season.
The Aggies will host their annual Maroon & White Scrimmage on Sept. 20 before officially starting the season at Kansas State on Oct. 5. To learn more about Texas A&M Equestrian, go to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.