Yes, according to Yanina Alvarez there was a CVI in Buenos Aires before in 1993. And let’s do the math, it was very long 23 years ago. The list VaultingNews got from the FEI is not much longer:
2005 – CVI1*/CVI2* Sao Paulo (BRA) 25-27.11.2005
2006 – CVI1* Sao Paulo (BRA) 25-26.11.2006
2007 – CVI1*/CVI2* Sao Paulo (BRA) 07-09.12.2007
2008 – CVI1*/CVI2* Bogota (COL) 11-13.10.2008
2009 – CVI1*/CVI2* Sao Paulo (BRA) 03-04.10.2009
2016 – we are going to have the first CVI in Argentina – 01-03.04.2016
So, there was again a gap of 7 years but in 2016 the time for a new start came. Vaulters from approximately 10 countries will take part. Simultaneously a Latin American championship will be held. It is no official FEI championship, that would have to be an all American championship. But hey, I guess it will push vaulting in the southern hemisphere forward. 6 countries will be part of the open competition! And some of them are really promising. I don’t have to talk about Colombia, where the male Junior World Champion comes from. But also Argentina itself showed in 2 European CVIs what nice junior squad they have:
Unfortunately they had financial issues to stay longer in Europe for the world championships. The big goal is now to participate with a senior team in the World Equestrian Games in 2018 like they did in 2010. How exciting news!
Back to the CVI: South America is so huge, that most clubs will come without their own horses, said Yanina Alvarez. It would be too expensive. But if they can’t find a horse in Buenos Aires, some have to spend the money on a travel for the horse. The event where both vaulting competitions will take place, is the biggest horse exhibition in Argentina. The CVI was very welcome in this surrounding. So, why did it take so long till a CVI and a championship were included? Yanina Alvarez described it like this: “Because we need the quantity of athletes, horses and federations which support these kinds of events. It doesn’t mean only economic support, we need people with the strength and happiness to support our sport!” I hope they found a good team, to continue with their work. I wish you success!