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Christmas Competition - December 2012 The finalisation of our Australian competition season ended with our annual “Fun and Friendly” Christmas Competition run by Hawkesbury Vaulting Club. A record 69 competitors braved the heat wave conditions of December and travelled to Horseworld, Maraylya for the event. Competitors came from as far as Melbourne and Adelaide to join in the fun alongside all our NSW clubs - Canberra, Southern Highlands, Hunter, Scone, Bathurst, SVG, Hawkesbury and Equiste. With the introduction of the new EA Hot Weather Policy, the organising committee employed some creative strategies to overcome the extreme heat conditions, enabling our most treasured resources, our horses, to be comfortable all weekend. All grades showed great improvement over the year with the following vaulters winning their Official classes: A – Kayla Brewer (Equiste), B – Sarah Grayson (Sydney Vaulting Group), C – Jess Masterton (Sydney Vaulting Group), D – Megan Couzins (Hawkesbury Vaulting Club). The fun barrel classes are always a hit as this allows the vaulters to be more creative and adventurous, showing their real personality. Our appreciation goes to the hard workers of Hawkesbury Vaulting Club for their huge efforts over the weekend, as well as the very valuable support of Doug and Jenny Denby. A great weekend was had by all, with some equally great competition scores. This competition is always a time to relax and enjoy the company of our vaulting fraternity, vaulters and friends alike. Clinics National Vaulting Workshop 2012 - Towards WEG 2014 – The Horse The 2012 National Vaulting Workshop was held from Wed 11th January to Sat 14th January, at the National Equestrian Centre, Kerrabee, Weston Creek ACT. The programme is developed around requests and priorities expressed by the vaulting community and on perceived gaps in the skills of the sport needed to take vaulting forward successfully to WEG 2014. With past WEG successes by vaulters (top 10 in Individual - 2006 and Team - 2010), we are needing to look at all elements of training to assist our top competitive athletes to achieve even better International outcomes. An important aspect of this is the vaulting horse and its capability. With this in mind the focus for the workshop was on the horse – its management and behaviour, the principles on which best practice training and interaction with the vaulter, can be based (including fitness for both horse and human athlete) as well as understanding the FEI rules regarding the horse score in competition. Almost 50 participants from all over Australia took part in the workshop. The attendance reflects the value of dissemination of information to the sport. The skills and knowledge gained are taken back to participants’ home groups and clubs and provides a key mechanism for discipline wide, skill development. 1) 2012 Christmas Competition SVG Team 2) National Championships Emi Callaway 3) SVG’s Kelsea Haste at National Championships 4) Christmas Vaulting Competition Martine Fogg Images by Lenore Gee and Gillian Burns 3 4 109


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