My name is Emilie Kastrup Lindgaard, and I’m a 17 year old vaulter from Denmark.
I started doing vaulting in 2010 and last year was my first experience with a championship like this (European Championships in Hungary).
Daily I practice with my stepdad Thomas Bisgaard and the horse I’m competing on Jarl. In 2013 and 2014 I vaulted with Lasse Kristensen and Rikke Laumann and still this year I have a lot of connection and practice with both of them. Rikke is my mental-trainer this year and she has helped me so much through this season and kept me on the right track when things didn’t always go the way you thought it should be going in your own little head.
My qualification plan, didn’t really go as I planned it too. The Danish federation told me the qualifying scores and when in Belgium I didn’t achieve the score, my World Championship kind of already passed right in front of my eyes (you had to get the score 2 times and I only had one CVI left this summer). But I got home and worked my butt off before the first CVI at home in Esbjerg, Denmark. At the competition everything went exactly as it should and I went in first with high enough scores so the federation said that I could go anyway!! Best day ever!!
At the Nordic championships 3 weeks ago I injured my foot really bad, and that of course hit us hard, with the Worlds. But with the help from a super awesome physiotherapist I recovered really well and I’m ready for the Worlds now!
I’m looking so much forward to the competition and I can’t wait to compete in Ermelo and “live” on the amazing show ground!
This year, Emilie is the only vaulter representing Denmark on this first ever junior World Championships in the Netherlands. But she said that there are a lot of good girls coming now so hopefully we will see more next year!