“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 manner of selling present leaping for younger individuals. The horse courses are held on the identical reveals the place high riders are competing. Whereas the Paris occasion shouldn’t be a part of the F.E.I. pony sequence, it is going to be run in the identical format, with a velocity 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,” mentioned Jason Moore, Claudia’s father and coach. Her mom, Katrina Moore, who was a high pony rider, additionally helps coach her.
Claudia began driving when she was 5 years outdated, however a 12 months later had a fall that scared her and she or he vowed to by no means trip once more, as a substitute taking on golf together with her godmother and grandparents.
However a couple of years later, some faculty buddies invited her to attend a Pony Membership camp.
“She announced to me she was going camping,” her father mentioned in an electronic 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.”
Kids can compete within the pony competitions till they’re 16. Claudia can have one other 12 months with the ponies, however she additionally rides horses. She mentioned driving the larger ponies was quite a bit like driving a horse. She and her buddies 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 mentioned, however not each one. “All the ponies I’ve been lucky enough to ride, or been given to ride, have been amazing,” she mentioned.