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1 2 Vaulting in 2010 Team Australia WEG 2010 The vaulting year started off with the national workshop This year the highlight of vaulting at WEG was the for vaulters, coaches, lungers and judges, and officials presentation by Australia of its first competition team at and this was held at the National Equestrian Centre in this level! Canberra – participants came from Qld, SA, WA, VIC, It marks a milestone in the development of the sport in NSW and the ACT. Emma Sealy the FEI President of the Australia. The training brought together vaulters from vaulting committee was the overseas clinician. There three states who trained through the National Equestrian were three members of the previous National Vaulting Centre in Canberra over the last three years to produce Committee in attendance too. this result. Some of the vaulters on the squad made This was followed by the Interschools Championships at enormous personal improvements in their vaulting to SIEC in March, Devon Maitozo a American former World achieve this result... the youngest team member, Jamie Champion ran a couple of clinics in NSW, assisting the Hocking, moved through the ranks from being a beginner team who was hoping for WEG selection – Devon’s team ‘E’ level vaulter to advanced ‘A’ level in this very short then won the Team Gold medal at WEG! NSW Vaulting time frame. Championships were held at Horseworld in April – this It goes without saying that to achieve to WEG level was one of the selection events for WEG selection, then involves enormous personal and financial sacrifices by all there was a competition at NEGS in May. The Nationals involved over a long period of time and that commitment were at the end of October this year, in Burpengary, is indeed commendable. Qld to allow those who might be selected for WEG the opportunity to compete. The final competition of the year The WEG training included competing in Europe in 2009 was held at Horseworld and run by Hawkesbury Vaulting as part of the larger training squad from which the final Club. WEG team was selected. A number of vaulters travelled overseas and interstate to The WEG team consisted of Becky Hillman, Ruth continue their bid for individual WEG selection. Skrzypek, Lee Briggs, Lani Maher, Sarah Leadbeater, Joanne Lee, and Jamie Hocking with Jess Mazlin as The WEG team was finally announced in July – with reserve, coached by Bronwen Lowe and Tristyn Lowe and Krystle Lander being selected as the individual vaulter were lunged at WEG by Tristyn, previously, Australia’s top and Team Phoenix being the team selected. This team female international, individual competitor. was made up of NSW vaulters and one from SA who travelled to Canberra monthly for training and then The horse, Hudson, a Californian based U.S. fortnightly as it got closer to departure for Kentucky. shire-warmblood cross, was arranged with the support of his owner Jill Palmer and was one of two leased for Clubs gave many displays for various events e.g. Sydney training purposes and to ensure a reserve horse was Polo Club, Jump in the Park at Lugarno and Team Phoenix available. giving a display at the Sydney 3 Day Event held at SIEC in August. The team was also interviewed by Channel 7 that The team flew into the U.S. in early September for its final weekend too. six week program into WEG. This period encompassed a final training camp in Nashville, Tennessee, arranged by The build up and hype leading up to WEG was really the coaches, where they also had access to training with exciting for the sport. A few supporters travelled to the gold medal USA team and individual vaulters from Kentucky to support the vaulters – vaulting at this level is USA, Canada and Colombia. This was a very successful definitely an experience. arrangement which also enabled acclimatisation for both Whilst some went to the Nationals in Queensland, Sarah horses from California and for the vaulters who were fresh Venamore took a group of NEGS riders and horses to out of our Australian winter, but the highlight would have Equitana. Krystle Lander was also invited to participate to been the time spent training with other world class in the “All Star Spectacular” at Equitana. vaulters. 1 Sydney Vaulting Group team at the 2010 Equestrian NSW State Championships/Free Rein Photography 84 2 Sydney Vaulting Group’s Mellissa Thompson with Lyn Lynch at 2010 Jump in the Park/Furdography


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