Selection Trials 2016: The Way for the German Seniors

Recently we started our series how vaulters can qualify for the European or world championships. The main requirement is to reach a 6.5 at a CVI of this season. Then the countries can choose, which vaulters, horses & lungers they send to the events. Today we follow the way the German senior vaulters have to go, if they want to get selected.

During the winter time the squads were visited by the national coach Ulla Ramge. The PDD & individuals had clinics in Warendorf, the head quarter of the German governing body. Next, the potential participants of the championships in Le Mans have to present their skills at CVIs. On May 17, 2016 a long list will be published. There, the best German individuals & PDDs are listed. Early in June the decision makers nominate athletes for the CVIO Aachen (July 8 – 10, 2016) from this long list. In Aachen only a few participants from every country are allowed, so they have to be named by the national coach. In Aachen all equestrian disciplines come together, that’s one thing, which makes it so special. It is also the last trial competition for the world championships in 2016.  Aaaand after that competition we will finally know who represents Germany in France as individual & PDD. A decision for the squads should be made in Krumke.

All this plan could change, if there is such a stunning performance that the selectors decide early:

Bei überzeugender Leistung behalten sich die Arbeitsgruppen Nachwuchs- und Spitzensport vor, Kandidaten / Pferde der Longlist bereits vor Abschluss des Sichtungsweges für das jeweilige Championat zu nominieren.


What is your guess for 2016? Will Neuss be strong enough after they had a change of coaches & vaulters? Will Ingelsberg be able to beat them this year? Who will surprise us with a nice pas-de-deux after Pia Engelberty stopped vaulting? Who will replace Christine Kuhirt?

Source: Rundschreiben 2015

Adele Feuerstein

I am Adele Feuerstein the founder of the blog. I used to vault & train teams in Germany. Now I am only an observer & love to share my knowledge about international vaulting with you.