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Claire Hunt: An experience I will never forget

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17 year old Claire Hunt from Surrey this year took part in the BE100 Mitsubishi Motors Cup finishing in 13th place on her own Juba a.k.a. Bart.

Claire shares her experience of competing at the prestigious event.

It was wonderful to have so much support at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, lots of people came from Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club including Gina Kitchener our District Commissioner. My family came to watch the show jumping and cross country alongside some of my friends.

Riding at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup was like nothing I’ve done before! After the dressage on Tuesday (3rd May) I was pleased to receive a score of 30.9 placing me in the top 10 after day one.

I then headed to walk the show jumping and cross country courses, the show jumping was up to height and, after losing my stirrup over jumps two and three, I was relieved to have got it back and jumped clear! All of my supporters gave me a big cheer after I was over the last fence which felt amazing.

After walking the cross country course the first time I was extremely nervous as all the fences were fully up to height and the course was much more technically challenging than other events I have competed in.

Bart flew over all the fences and gave me a great ride around the course. My overall aim for this year was to get to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup and once I was there I aimed to complete the cross country and bring Bart and myself back safe! I never expected to finish 13th out of such a competitive section of great riders. My trainer, Vicky Sticka, put so much time and effort into the lead up to the event, doing fitness work whilst I was at school and taking me cross country schooling at weekends. All of the hard work certainly paid off and I will never forget the experience.

More about Claire

I have been riding Bart for three years and this is my third British Eventing season, I train with Vicky Sticka who bought Bart for me to compete on and I also have dressage lessons with Carol Brazell.

I attend Reigate Grammar School and am currently studying for my A levels and this year I already have one qualification for a Mitsubishi Motors Regional Final at BE100 level and one at BE90. My goal would be to get to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in 2017.

I am also competing in the Under 18 BE100 level to try and get into the South East of England Under 18 Team.

You can follow Claire in her quest for the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Cup on her Facebook page Team Bart Eventing.