“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 Jumping Ponies’ Trophy in 2017 as a method of selling present leaping for younger folks. The pony courses are held on the identical reveals the place prime riders are competing. While the Paris occasion just isn’t a part of the F.E.I. pony collection, it is going to be run in the identical format, with a velocity class on Saturday and a standard 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 prime pony rider, additionally helps coach her.
Claudia began driving when she was 5 years previous, however a 12 months later had a fall that scared her and she or he vowed to by no means journey once more, as an alternative taking over golf along with her godmother and grandparents.
But just a few years later, some faculty pals invited her to attend a Pony Club camp.
“She announced to me she was going camping,” her father mentioned 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.”
Children can compete within the pony competitions till they’re 16. Claudia may have one other 12 months with the ponies, however she additionally rides horses. She mentioned driving the larger ponies was lots like driving a horse. She and her pals 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.