The idea of VaultingNews is not only to report about the international & big vaulting competitons. No, even that this alone is difficult enough, we want to draw a picture of the whole vaulting world. This means on & off the international stage, no matter which continent or how small your local community is, we can only learn from each other, when we share our knowldge & experience.
That’s why our journey today goes to Budapest, Hungary & to a small competition. Yes, even without horses. It was a few weeks ago. It is totally my fault that the post comes so late because I was so busy with moving & organizing my new life in Leipzig. But it is not about me, so: in Germany it is common for a while to do the first competitions of the season in the gym. For maybe 5 years it is also a yearly event in Budapest. And just today I saw a post from the US.
In Germany & Hungary it is a complete barrel competition. Whereas Austria has the categories A (beginners) & L (easy) where the young individual vaulters show their compulsory on the cantering horse & the freestyle on the barrel at regular competitions. Both models give the vaulters the opportunity to get a feeling for competing in front of judges & a crowd without the difficulty of the unsteady ground. When it is, like in Hungary, in February or March, the vaulters can test their new routines with real scores from a judge & get an idea how they will perform in horse competitions later that year.
Or you can try freestyle interpretations you would never be able to do on the horse. It is so much fun to choose a cool music & create a good show like our role models.
Or you can train your artistic skills:
For me this was always a really great event. As a participant it didn’t need much preparation at the day itself & the training before could be done inside which was nice for the vaulter in winter & the horse got a vaulting break. To travel without a horse is very easy. It was always a team bonding day & it shortend the long winter a lot.