Claudia Moore claimed the individual bronze medal at the pony European Championships at Bishop Burton in Yorkshire with Elando Van De Roshoeve just two days after taking the team gold medal.
After three rounds of competition, Claudia and the 14-year-old Elando carried four faults and sat in equal fifth place.
Twenty-nine contended the first round of the individual with Claudia getting her campaign off to a great start with an immaculate clear round. Unfortunately, the pair hit the first element of the combination in round two to put her out of contention for the silver and gold medals.
Sweden's Ingemar Hammarstrom delivered a zero score to stand at the top of the podium for gold on Ocean Des As and Ireland's Max Wachman made just one mistake over the week in the second round of the team competition with Cuffesgrange Cavalidam, but the four faults was sufficient for silver.
However, Claudia's efforts earned the chance to jump-off for the individual bronze medal.
France’s Romane Orhant drew the short straw to go first on Quabar Des Monceaux, and came home on eight faults. It left the door open for Claudia – she could afford to have one fence down and still take bronze. There was no call for that extra fence in hand, she dismissed any pressure to return not only with a victorious clear, but two sec faster.
“Winning Gold on Friday felt unreal. It was my first time at a championships and to win a gold is something I had never imagined. It was so special and surreal. 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 and was devastated,” said Claudia.
“Having the chance to jump off for the bronze, I 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!”
Chef d’Equipe Clare Whitaker reflected on a successful championships.
“Claudia showed maturity beyond her years. It’s difficult for anyone when you are competing at this level with medals at stake and for her to achieve it at just 13 years of age at her first championships is incredible. It’s been a great championships for us, also winning team gold. The team was brilliant not only in their riding but also in keeping their cool and pulling together when others fell apart around them,” she said.
Shaunie Greig also started the day in equal fifth on Casino Royale and also posted a first round clear, but eight faults in round two dropped her down to equal sixth alongside British individual Hannah Barker on Ammanvalley Santino who jumped for clear and four on the final day.
Nicole Lockhead Anderson was in the top spot with the nine-year-old Gangnam Style on a zero score with two other riders before Sunday’s individual final and returned a round one clear. But uncharacteristically, it all fell apart in the second round and they came home on 20 to drop to equal 11th. Perdi Digby finished equal 15th on a total of 24 with Kayleighs Star.
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