Mill Spring, N.C. – The first day of vaulting competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 saw the squad, individual male, and individual female vaulters contest the Compulsory Tests. The U.S. Vaulting Pacific Coast Vaulting Squad from Woodside Calif., with Diva 506, Pacific Coast Vaulting Club’s 15-year-old Oldenburg mare, and longeur Carolyn Bland, turned in a competitive performance to end the day in fourth place on a score of 7.349.
U.S. Vaulting Team Individual Female athlete Tessa Divita (Portola Valley, Calif.) with Romeo, Summit Equestrian LLC's nine-year-old Westphalian gelding, and longeur Christoph Lensing, was first in the order for the U.S., finishing in 14th with a score of 7.387. Mary McCormick (Cañon City, Colo.) with Paris, her 14-year-old Percheron mare, and longeur Christian Ramos, finished 20th with a score of 7.041. Last in the ring for the U.S., Elizabeth Osborn (Menlo Park, Calif.) with Atterupgaards Sting, James and Linda Bibbler’s 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding, and longeur Krista Mack, placed 19th with a score of 7.203.
Colton Palmer (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) with Zygo, Jill and Kimberly Palmer’s 14-year-old KWPN gelding, and longeur Maurits de Vries, competed first in the order for the U.S. Vaulting Team in the Individual Male Compulsory Test, placing 14th with a score of 7.459. Second in the ring was Kristian Roberts (Moss Beach Calif.) with Sir Charles, Sydney Frankel’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding, and longeur Carolyn Bland. He placed 15th with a score of 7.421. The final individual male U.S. vaulter to compete was Daniel Janes (Monroe, Wash.) with Sir Charles, Sydney Frankel’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding, and longeur Carolyn Bland, scoring 7.415 for 16th place.
At the conclusion of Tuesday’s Compulsory Tests, U.S. Vaulting Team Chef d’Equipe Emma Seely selected Palmer, Osborn, and the Pacific Coast Vaulting Squad, the U.S. Vaulting Team’s only squad, to represent the United States in the Nations Team competition on Wednesday. These individual athletes and the squad will each compete in a Nations Team Freestyle Test which, when combined together, will produce a final score for Nations Team medals.
The Nations Team Freestyle Test scores for the individual athletes will be combined with their Individual Compulsory Test and Thursday’s Individual Technical Test scores. The top-15 individual male and top-15 individual female vaulters will advance to the second Individual Male and Female Freestyle Tests on Saturday for spots on the podium.
For the U.S. Pacific Coast Vaulting Squad, the score from the Nations Team Freestyle Test must rank in the top-15 of the combined scores from the Nations Team and Non-Nations Team Freestyle Tests, in order to move forward to compete for a squad freestyle medal on Saturday.
The remaining U.S. individual athletes Divita, McCormick, Roberts, and Janes will compete in Wednesday’s Non-Nations Team Individual Male or Individual Female Freestyle Tests, respectively. Non-Nations Team athletes combined scores from Tuesday’s Compulsory Tests, Wednesday’s Non-Nations Freestyle Tests, and Thursday’s Technical Tests will produce the top 15 that will move forward to compete in Saturday’s Individual Male and Individual Freestyle Tests for a chance at the podium.
U.S. Vaulting Team Pas de Deux athletes Daniel Janes (Moss Beach, Calif.) and Haley Smith (Parker, Colo.), with Diva 506 and longeur Carolyn Bland, and Kathryn Keville (Cotati, Calif.) and Florence Rubinger (Santa Rosa, Calif.) with Revlon, Kathryn and Sean Keville’s 20-year-old Warmblood gelding, will contest the first Pas de Deux Freestyle Test on Wednesday. They must place in the top 12 in order to move forward to compete in Thursday’s second Pas de Deux Freestyle Test and a chance at the podium.
Competition continues at the Tryon International Equestrian Center on Wednesday, September 19, and begins with the Non-Nations Teams Individual Male and Individual Female Freestyle tests at 9:30 a.m. ET. The Pas de Deux Freestyle and Nations Team Freestyle will follow beginning at 3:15 p.m. ET. The vaulting championships will be streamed live on FEI TV.
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