A lover of all things horsey from a young age, Paula started riding at 7 and with horses in her blood. Paula’s first competitions were pony club gymkhanas from where she progressed to hacking and then onto showjumping, which was more suited to her love of action.
There have been many wonderful horses in Paula’s life with her favourite horse being Torch Bearer, a Thoroughbred gelding by Salieri and out of Olympic Flame, bred by the Ingham Brothers. This horse won and placed in many world cups, was on the 2000 Sydney Olympics short-list and was an all round gentleman – he even won a hack class at Sydney Royal right after winning a Section 1 Show Jumping Class (still had his studs in!).
Paula has been winning and placing on many different horses that she has trained and shown in grand prix and world cup competitions since she was 17 years old. She has won champion horse or rider at all major Royal Shows across the country and has represented Australia five times, twice in Hong Kong, twice in New Zealand and once here at home. She was included on the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic shadow teams and has finished in the world cup top ten, 15 out of the last 16 years.
Paula has been at the top of the showjumping sport in Australia for over 20 years, representing Australia 5 times, winning numerous Grand Prix and World Cup Events, winner of Champion Horse and Rider at Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth Royals, Runner Up Australian Senior Champion and twice Australian Speed Champion.
Paula has won the State Showjumping Titles in both Queensland and South Australia on numerous occasions.
Paula is a NCAS Level 2 accredited coach, Director of Go Jump Magazine (a showjumping dedicated monthly magazine) and mother of 4 children.
Being awarded the Equestrian Training and Horse Procurement Services contract by the Singapore Government, in August 2009, meant that as well as the work with their own horses, the Hamood ladies were very busy procuring and training 38 horses for the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics. For Paula and Olivia, working with their specially chosen team of elite riders and grooms, they did very well.