Lexington, Ky. - Thirty junior individual and squad vaulters from 10 vaulting clubs spent two weekends training at the Horse Park at Woodside in Woodside, Calif., Atlantis Farm in Fort Lupton, Colo., and Summit Equestrian in Longmont, Colo., with Germany’s top vaulter and coach, Daniel Kaiser, along with Elizabeth Osborn (Menlo Park, Calif.), Isabelle Parker (Redwood City, Calif.), Mary McCormick (Canon City, Colo.), and Katie Peuvrelle (San Jose, Calif.).
Upon accepting the USEF Vaulting Director of Performance position, Parker was tasked with developing and implementing a vaulting pathway that will help develop and deliver sustained success for U.S. vaulting at the international level, including the 2019 FEI Vaulting World Championships for Juniors, July 24-28, in Ermelo, the Netherlands. The training weekends for juniors is part of this pathway. The focus of the training weekends was on compulsories, including the finer details of technique, drills, fitness, mental preparation, and judging basics.
Veteran vaulting coach Samantha Matson (Minneapolis, Minn.) said, “This clinic was a great jumping-off point for the season. I’m feeling refocused as a coach, and my vaulters walked away feeling inspired and empowered to meet new goals for the season.”
The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.
Photos by Kristian Roberts and Isabelle Parker