Another lunger we got a hold of is Claudia Petersohn. Claudia vaulted in Wildberg, Germany until she was too old (at that time the age limit for squad vaulting was 16 years) and continued with dressage and jumping. Her veterinary medicine degree brought her to Padua, Italy, where she founded a vaulting club. The club now has four horses. Claudia Petersohn offers a spot on the horses to international vaulters as often as possible. That’s how she became European champion with Balázs Bence in 2014. This year she is lungeing her son Filippo Facini as well as Giovanni Bertolaso.
The two horses don’t get any special preparation. As usual they are ridden every day. Three times a week they have vaulting practice which lasts thirty minutes max. Afterwards, the horses go on the pasture. The journey to Le Mans takes three days. From their home Padua they will drive until Clermont-Ferrand in France and have an overnight stop at Danièle Nousse’s. On the second day, they will finally arrive in Le Mans after 1250 km. So, just for traveling they need four days.
And the vaulters? Filippo Facini competed already in Kaposvár and Ermelo with his freestyle theme Houdini. For Giovanni Bertolaso it is the fourth junior championship. To prepare for this year’s Europeans, they both flew to France to train with Jacques Ferrari for five days. They were particularly excited to meet Lambert Leclezio, who has been training in France for a while. So we see, the idols are not necessarily the old hands, but the rising stars.