13 year old Claudia Moore, a pupil at Brentwood School, has become the youngest Brit to win a Pony European Championship medal. She secured third spot aboard Elando van de Roshoeve, a 14 year old bay gelding owned by Katrina Moore.
Her success was a double celebration for Claudia, having already scooped gold as part of the winning British Team.
Talking after the medal ceremony, she said: “It was my first time at a championship and to win a gold is something I had never imagined. I woke up this morning knowing that I had a possibility of a medal but, when I had one down, I thought I’d lost the chance so was devastated.
“When I found out I had the chance to jump off for the bronze I just knew I had to give it everything I could, as it could be the only opportunity I ever have. I went into the arena knowing that I really had to jump clear and when I did it was just incredible. To have won a team medal and then to win an individual medal was just icing on the cake. When I came out the arena mum and dad started crying, they were so emotional. I didn’t join them in the crying as I think I had cried myself dry on the Friday!”
16 nations took part in the championships, which were held from the seventh to 12th August. Great Britain took the team gold with eight penalties, ahead of Sweden and France respectively.