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2023 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final: U.S. Vaulting Preview

by Matt Turer/US Equestrian Communications Department | Apr 5, 2023, 9:13 AM

The captivating sport of vaulting claims its spot on the FEI World Cup™ Finals stage in Omaha with a pair of U.S. Vaulting representatives in Daniel Janes and Kimmy Palmer. Janes and Palmer will each vault on Romeo, with Christoph Lensing lunging. Vaulters at the World Cup will perform a Technical Test and a Freestyle Test. 

With Palmer ranked second in the FEI Vaulting World Cup™  – Female rankings and Janes ninth in the male rankings, each enters the Burlington Capital FEI Vaulting World Cup Final with a successful 2022 resume and a chance to perform on the international stage on their home turf. 


Daniel Janes, U.S. Vaulting 

Photo by Devyn Trethewey/US Equestrian

A longtime vaulting athlete and coach, 26-year-old Daniel Janes will make his second World Cup Final appearance and first as an individual. Janes qualified for the 2019 World Cup Final in Saumur, France, in pas-de-deux with Haley Smith, winning silver. He enters Omaha ranked ninth in the FEI Vaulting World Cup Standings – Male—the top-ranked U.S. male vaulter. 

Janes kicked off his 2022 with an individual win at the Pacific Cup CVI3*-W before heading overseas for the summer, where he won the Individual Male CVI3*-W at Flyinge, Sweden, and competed in the FEI Vaulting World Championships Herning 2022, placing 14th in the male division. 

No stranger to the podium on the world stage, the Moss Beach, Calif., native has a pair of FEI World Championship bronze medals in addition to his World Cup silver. In 2021, Janes and Smith won pas-de-deux bronze at the World Championship in Budapest, Hungary, where Janes was also a part of the bronze-medal winning team squad. 


Kimmy Palmer, U.S. Vaulting 

Photo by Devyn Trethewey/US Equestrian

The Half Moon Bay, Calif., native is back at the FEI World Cup Finals after a standout year on the international stage. Palmer’s 2022 World Cup Finals appearance in Leipzig, Germany, ended with a bronze- medal win for the now 28-year-old, who exclaimed “I feel like I’m at the top now, and I’m just getting my name out there and showing the world...what I can do.” 

Palmer kept showing the world what she can do with an individual fifth-place finish at the FEI Vaulting World Championships Herning 2022—the top finish for a U.S. vaulting athlete in an international field of 35 competitors. Palmer was in medal contention heading into the final day at Herning, and her 8.415 overall score was just 0.096 points behind bronze position and 0.114 off silver. She left Herning with a new career-best 8.129 in the technical. 

Palmer finished second to France’s Manon Moutinho in the 2022 FEI Vaulting World Cup Standings - Female, earning podium finishes in six of seven individual competitions—including wins in five World Cup Qualifying events. 

Vaulting internationally since 2013, Palmer and her sister Cassidy Palmer claimed victory in the pas-de-deux at the 2013 German Masters in Stuttgart to become the first siblings from the United States to win a World Cup vaulting event. 


How to Watch the FEI Vaulting World Cup Finals Omaha 2023 

Round 1 vaulting competition in Omaha starts Thursday, April 6, at 1:15 PM/CT. The Final Round is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, at 1:15 PM/CT. 

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