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Equestrian: Brentwood pupil Moore wins top showjumping award

PUBLISHED: 17:12 08 October 2018

Claudia Moore receives her award from Lloyd Innes of Le Mieux, sponsors of the Pony European Team (pic Seven Star Photography)

Claudia Moore receives her award from Lloyd Innes of Le Mieux, sponsors of the Pony European Team (pic Seven Star Photography)

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Brentwood School’s Claudia Moore capped a fantastic season by scooping a top prize at the annual British Showjumping Awards Ball.

Moore, 13, was presented with the Leading Pony Rider of the Year at a glittering ceremony attended by almost 400 guests at the St Johns Hotel, Solihull.

One of five riders shortlisted in the category, Moore celebrated with fellow nominees and winners who ranged from grass roots competitors through to those that had achieved podium success this year.

The year nine pupil was surprised to take the honour and put her success down to consistent performance, saying: “It was an incredible thrill and fabulous to have been chosen amongst such a great and strong group of riders.”

Moore, who has been riding since the age of nine, is the youngest British rider ever to win a medal at a European Championships, where she took team gold and individual bronze at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire in August.

The medal haul was the highlight of a busy year, as she also won the 138cm Pony Grand Prix at the Pony Of The Year Show, the 138cm Pony Grand Prix at Bolesworth International, the 148cm Pony Gold League and jumped double clear for Great Britain at the recent Nations Cup Final in Belguim.

The Awards Ball trophy – a glass memento – will now take pride of place at home but the hard work and training continues as Moore’s immediate aim is to win the 138cm Pony and the Leading Junior Showjumper competitions at the Horse of the Year Show.

Beyond that, she hopes to be selected to compete at next year’s Pony European Championships, which are being held in Poland.

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