Claudia comes from a strong equestrian background – her mum was a chef d’equipe for the British team for 25 years and her dad is a Level 3 coach. She started riding from a young age, and was given a great start by her first pony, Snowball.
At the age of six, Claudia and Snowball went to Pony Club camp – which Claudia thought was just camping, but with your pony. There, she was taught to canter by Corinne Bracken (now the Discipline Coach Mentor for P3 Showjumping), and had a go at everything from cross-country to chase-me-Charlie – after which, Claudia decided that Pony Club wasn’t for her!
Deciding to focus on her favourite discipline of jumping, Claudia built a string of 128cm and 138cm ponies, and went on to win classes at Horse of the Year Show, Liverpool International, Royal International and Hickstead. After graduating to 14.2hh ponies, she was motivated to get onto teams and represent her country.
At Claudia’s first Europeans in 2018, she was the youngest ever British athlete to win an Pony championship jumping medal – she was just 13 years old – and she was on the team again in 2019. The cancellation of the European Championships in 2020 as a result of COVID meant that Claudia missed her last year at Pony level, but she made her debut at Junior level in 2021.
This year, Claudia is aiming to ride on a Junior team at the Europeans for the final time, and would also like to jump on some Senior Nations Cup teams. She’s aiming to move up to Young Riders and go to some four- and five-star shows. Her current top horses are mare Hardester (“super-lovely with the biggest heart”), stallion Cuba Libre (“a bit of a crazy guy, but really amazing”) and French-bred Dis Moi Tout De Clairbois (“the kindest horse who always gives 110%”), the latter of which Claudia has in partnership with Irish showjumper Bertram Allen.
Outside of equestrian sport, Claudia is a keen road and cross-country runner, and plays a variety of school sports including hockey and netball. She’s a sport scholar at school, balancing her studies alongside her riding, and getting good grades are very important to her.
|2021||Junior European Championship||Hardester||Team bronze|
|2019||Pony European Championship||Elando van de Roshoeve||Team silver|
|2018||Pony European Championship||Elando van de Roshoeve||Team gold and individual bronze|