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NZ Vaulting Team to Compete at World Champs

NZ Vaulting Team to Compete at World Champs


The New Zealand vaulting community is on cloud nine after the news they will have a team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France later this year.

It is the first time New Zealand has qualified a team in the vaulting discipline, having only once before had an individual at the pinnacle event.

It’s been a long-held ambition of Kapiti Vaulting Club coordinator Lyn McIntyre, who has been involved with the sport since it was first introduced to New Zealand in 1994.

The team comprises eight vaulters – including two reserves – ranging in age from 11 through to 21 years old, and two trainers.

McIntyre is ecstatic.

“We have been on this pathway for the last four years,” she said. “This is a dream come true.”

Equestrian Sports New Zealand high performance director Sarah Harris said the success was thanks largely to the commitment by the Kapiti Club and their vaulters to head to Europe to ensure they were exposed to top international competition.

“This is a club with an outstanding performance culture and we believe this is the beginning of a very long pathway for them,” says Harris. “This is a team that is more than capable of making the top eight in the world, which is incredibly exciting for vaulting and the wider New Zealand equestrian family.”

To make the cut, the club has sent teams and individuals to Germany where they have competed with success, as well as numerous times across the Tasman.

Key to the team making the grade was the quality of the horse they will compete aboard, and through their extensive European connections, have secured two to choose from. Each come with a lunger.

“We are very lucky to have secured these horses – both have been sought after by other countries too, but have been held for New Zealand,” says McIntyre.

The team will head to Europe five weeks before the champs where they will join the German training camp. An individual vaulter will head up in June to start preparations and training.

In vaulting competition, the horse gets 25% of the marks, so are critical to the overall performance.

At the World Champs, the team will have do both compulsory and freestyle performances. The latter is done to music.

In preparation for the championships, the team-members are training up to six days a week for three hours a day, including strengthening and gym work as well as riding.

New Zealand’s only other vaulting representative at the World Champs was Hannah Mills at Aachen in 2006.

New Zealand will also be represented by eventing and endurance teams at the 2014 World Equestrian Championships, with the possibility of individual showjumping and para-dressage riders too. The champs run from August 23 through to September 7 in Normandy, France.


The team is – Vaulters: Danielle Schwabe, Brooke Dunstan, Lily-Claire Palmer, Georgi Curran, Rhyanne Vasta, Evangeline Goldie, Grace Williamson, Jennifer Ponne. Coaches: Catarina Strom, Verena Fiess.


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