As the first weekend of August & so the junior world championships come closer, the final competitors were announced. From the 5th until 9th of August 2015 the FEI World Vaulting Championship for Juniors will take place at the KNHS Centre in Ermelo (The Netherlands). This World Championship will be the first World Championship for Junior vaulters in the age of 6 until 18 years old.
Last Monday the 20th of July was the closing date for the definitive entries of the FEI World Vaulting Championship for Juniors. Out of 20 nations in total 55 individual vaulters ( 37 female,18 male), 11 Pas de Deux, and 12 Squads will participate!
The following countries will be represented:
A complete list is now online. When we take a close look, there are some interesting names. In the male competition we find Lambert Leclezio, who was sixth at the senior WEG last year. The Austrian females are very strong, with the European Champion of 2012 Emily Kristofics-Binder. Also we should keep in view Ágnes Czeglédi who won the CVI Pezinok.
Under the PDDs are the European champions from Austria. But also the pairs from the USA might be strong. The competition of the squads seems to be wide open. There is no clear favorite. There are the European champions from Austria & former European champions from Germany, the USA collected lots of experience on senior competitions like the World Equestrian Games last year.
Let’s also take a look at the last column with the lungers. This championship wouldn’t be what it is if, if the Europeans wouldn’t help other nations with coaches, horses & lungers. Cologne (Germany) provides horses & lungers for the squads from Australia & South Africa plus individuals from these countries & Swaziland. Ecuador trained with & is now lunged by Ararat Martin (Spain). The USA have their horse in Denmark & will be lunged by Lasse Kristensen.
The horse that we mostly know from the pas de deux Jasmin Lindner & Lukas Wacha (Austria), Bram, will be lend from the German to the PDD from the US. Lars Hansen (Germany), who trained with the team from South Africa, is going to lunge their PDD plus the female individuals.
The male vaulters from the US found horses & lungers in the Netherlands & Great Britain. Elke Shelp-Lensing (Germany) will lunge Lambert Leclezio & Davide Zanella from Italy. Emir de Bumont (owned by a German living in Italy), the horse Balázs Bence brorrowed last year & won the European title, will now compete with two Italian men. Ellen Vincent will compete with Crossini & Karin Böhmer from Austria.
Bamdad Memarian (Germany) & Ali Divita (USA) coached the team of Australia. Isabel Fiala (Austria) hold a clinic with the junior team of Slovakia.
When we talk about vaulters from one or another country we should keep in mind, that the lunger & horse or the coach might come from a different nation. That’s only possible in vaulting, right? And it is so amazing. Hopefully no one will change the rules someday, so that this great international family can grow!