Meet the seventh Bit of Britain’s Next Top Rider finalist…

Claire Robinson and Ayita.



Meet the seventh Bit of Britain’s Next Top Rider finalist…

After an overwhelming response with hundreds of entries, Bit Of Britain has narrowed down the finalists for the Next Top Rider sponsorships.

The quality of the entries was outstanding; it was a very difficult decision but it has been narrowed down to 11 finalists. The finalists range in age from 13 to 23. Entries poured in from all over North America. There are two finalists from Canada and nine from the United States.

Tune into for the next 4 days, as we continue to announce a finalist each day (in no particular order) at 12:00 PM EST.


Congratulations Claire Robinson (USA)!

Today’s featured finalist Claire, a 23-year-old eventer who is competing successfully at the Preliminary level and attending University… 

Here I am, I base in Auburn, Alabama, I drive an older-than-myself horse trailer, scheduling my next lesson with Phillip Dutton. I’ll be taking a horse found to me, for free, by Julie Richards who as a 5 year-old will be prepping for Training Level with the master.

I currently campaign a small but smart 5-year-old OTTB mare, Pretty Like Me, or Frye at Training level. After finishing my under-graduate degree in Accounting and spending my college years campaigning at Preliminary on two horses both graciously planted in my career by mentors; it is now time for me to bring along one for myself. As my parents breed Connemaras and a few sport horses, I start a few a year for them and sometimes trick them into keeping a few “to see how they mature,” more like: I love riding ponies. We actually now have our first stallion, currently a 3year old connemara who will be starting his competition career next spring. Already,s tarted under-saddle with me, I am so excited to work with this cracking young mate.



If I were to hand-pick a horse for myself to compete at the upper-levels, there is no other horse than the little mare I am riding now. As a working student and while gaining my Preliminary mileage, I rode whatever possible. So grateful for the experience, I can’t deny Frye both fits me in both stature and personality. She is a mare that shows up to work every day. She’s eager to jump and quick on her feet, but has a quiet demeanor that doesn’t come unraveled under pressure. On a tall day she reaches 16h, but her gaits and build are very correct but feminine. Her previous barn name was even Pretty!

I’ve been humbled enough times to know any success I’ve accomplished is due to my incredible coaches and horses I’ve been blessed to ride. I am not an extrovert myself and may take my sport as seriously as any Olympic athlete, so riding a horse who is equally as determined feels like a match made in heaven. I roll my eyes, I honestly received this horse for nothing from a coach I hardly knew. My testimony should become a novel.


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