Aachen, Germany – With the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018 drawing closer, U.S. vaulters impressed as they represented the United States in individual male and female, pas de deux, and squad divisions, as well as gained team experience in the FEI Nations Cup CVIO4* at the FEI World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen in the Albert Vahle Arena, July 13-15.
The U.S. vaulting contingent, led by Chef d’Equipe Emma Seely, was comprised of the Pacific Coast Vaulters squad of Kristian Roberts (Moss Beach, Calif.), Daniel Janes (Moss Beach, Calif.), Audrey Kiernan (San Mateo, Calif.), Margaret Long (Seattle, Wash.), Emily Rose (Santa Cruz, Calif.), and Haley Smith (Parker, Colo.); individual female vaulters Tessa Divita (Portolo Valley, Calif.), Elizabeth Osborn (Menlo Park, Calif.), and Rose; individual male vaulters Janes and Roberts; and the pas de deux of Siddhartha Kreaden (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Rachel Polati (Redwood City, Calif.).
“CHIO Aachen – what an experience,” said Seely. “Competing with some of the world’s best vaulters was awesome. USA Vaulting showed a strong presence and they were crowd pleasers. We only worked with our borrowed horses for a very short time and still competed very well, showing the potential we have for the WEG. I look forward to getting to Tryon and watching our U.S. vaulting athletes on our home turf.”
Stand-out performances included Roberts’s top-10 placing in the V2C Prize of Sparkasse Compulsory Test as well as the Pacific Coast Vaulters squad’s top-five finish in the V3C Prize of Sparkasse Compulsory Test and top-10 placing in the V3F Prize of Sparkasse Freestyle Test. Osborn finished in the top five in the V1C Prize of Sparkasse Compulsory Test and in the top eight in the V1F Prize of Sparkasse Freestyle Test. Janes and Smith placed in the top 10 in the V4F1 Prize of Sparkasse Pas de Deux Freestyle Test and the V4F2 Prize of Sparkasse Pas de Deux Freestyle Test.
For full results, click here.
Additionally, the U.S. Vaulting Team for the FEI Nations Cup CVIO4* Aachen placed sixth out of eight teams and seven countries on a score of 22.914. Roberts with Dutch Elliott Z, the nine-year-old Zangersheide gelding, and longeur Nienke de Wolff, Divita with Dutch Elliott Z and longeur de Wolff, and the Pacific Coast Vaulters squad with Rio Grande 115, the 16-year-old Westphalian gelding, and longeur Sebastian Klemme comprised the U.S. Vaulting Team.
For full FEI Vaulting Nations Cup CVIO4* Aachen results, click here.
Find out more about the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen.
Cheer on all the U.S. teams at CHIO Aachen when The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team competes in the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ Germany, July 17-22, the NetJets U.S. Show Jumping Team competes in the FEI Jumping Nation Cup CSIO5* Aachen on Thursday, July 19, and the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team competes in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ CICO3* Aachen from July 19-21.
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