“He’s a very funny pony. He’s very sweet,” she added. “When you jump him, he just gives you his everything. He has the biggest heart. When you’re in a little bit of trouble, which happens to everyone, he’s the best to get you out of trouble.”
The Fédération Équestre Internationale, the governing physique for worldwide equestrian sports activities, started providing the Leaping Ponies’ Trophy in 2017 as a approach of selling present leaping for younger individuals. The horse lessons are held on the identical reveals the place prime riders are competing. Whereas the Paris occasion isn’t a part of the F.E.I. pony sequence, it is going to be run in the identical format, with a pace class on Saturday and a conventional grand prix on Sunday with fences at 1.three meters.
“For those children to have an opportunity to ride in and amongst those riders at that type of event? It’s a bit like being a junior and being invited to Wimbledon,” stated Jason Moore, Claudia’s father and coach. Her mom, Katrina Moore, who was a prime pony rider, additionally helps coach her.
Claudia began using when she was 5 years previous, however a 12 months later had a fall that scared her and he or she vowed to by no means journey once more, as a substitute taking over golf together with her godmother and grandparents.
However just a few years later, some college associates invited her to attend a Pony Membership camp.
“She announced to me she was going camping,” her father stated in an e mail. “I explained that it wasn’t camping in that sense, but a riding camp for two days. The pony came in from the field, and two weeks later she attended camp, and she hasn’t looked back since.”
Youngsters can compete within the pony competitions till they’re 16. Claudia could have one other 12 months with the ponies, however she additionally rides horses. She stated using the larger ponies was rather a lot like using a horse. She and her associates name the smaller ponies motorbikes, as a result of with their shorter strides, they often go very quick when competing.
As for the little ponies, “they can be a little naughty,” she stated, however not each one. “All the ponies I’ve been lucky enough to ride, or been given to ride, have been amazing,” she stated.