4 Days Till Le Mans: Five Hour Drives To Train

Balázs Bence had no own horse for a long time. Two years ago he won the Junior European Championship with the Italian horse Emir du Beaumont. According to the FEI data base, Balázs Bence competed internationally on six different horses in 2015. With his coach Krisztina Villányi he schools new vaulting horses from time to time which helps with his training.

For this season he had to look for a horse again. He found it in Slovakia. Andrea Bikova and the club JK Rusty have bought KCM Vaultinghorses Lord in 2014. They competed already at the Junior World Championships in 2015. Basically a very good deal for Balázs Bence. The downside: He has to drive around five hours one way for each session. What we have seen so far looks good:

To prepare himself Balázs changed his training this season. He put more emphasis on barrel training and worked with a power lifting and strength trainer. This should be an important step for him as an athlete and vaulter and could mean personal progress. We are looking forward to a great compulsory, Dschinghis Khan and Freddy Krüger. The Hungarian is in sixth position in the world ranking at the moment. All five men in front of him will also compete at the worlds.

During our countdown we will ask the lungers and vaulters how their relation to their association is because we are curious what the differences are. Maybe some nations have good ideas which would work for others as well. Hungary held a clinic with Nicolas Andreani in March instead of a clinic right before the championship as in the years before. Then the clubs organized some training weekends by themselves.

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.