3 Days Till Le Mans: Jana Bartoňková from Czech Is Training With The Slovakians

A vaulter who took part in nearly all Europeans and worlds since 2005. Small hint: she is from Czech.

2005 with the senior squad, 2006 with the junior team, 2007 again in the junior team and for the first time as individual and so on… We are talking with Jana Bartoňková today. She is experienced but it didn’t calm down her nervousness yet. Every championship is a new challenge for her.

This season started very good for her with winning the CVI3* in Frenstat pod Radhostem. Then in Pezinok she finished only on the ninth place. “Well, there I did really good I think.” Seconds decided that she wouldn’t end up among the top five. She started her dismounts too late in the technical test and the freestyle. The deductions were high.

Did you train more often to prepare for the championships?
In our club TJJ LUCKY Drasov, we train approximately four times a week on the horse during the main season. In winter it is more complicated because we dont have covered arena. I try to work on myself even out of my trainings in the club. It means that when I come home I do some more stretching and fitness. This year I cooperate with VK Sundance Nitra in Slovakia where we focus mainly on technic part of excesise.

Two videos from VK Sundance’s training with the junior vaulter Kristína Hajduova and coach Rado Psota:

Jana’s horse gets a very ballanced training. “Apart from vaulting training, they have also some riding trainings and of course some relax. We usually go on a ride in the woods with our horses or they just rest on grass.” And what are you eating as a vaulter?

“I am not on any special diet but I try to eat helthy and if possible I like to cook for myself. But i cannot resist a good chocolate! :P”

During the summer they concentrated on technique and focused on the small details. The club TJJ LUCKY Drasov supports her as much as it can. To be active for so many years she also has a few sponsors. For the championships she gets helpful support from the national association. That’s a good start…

“But I wouldn’t be able to do anything without the support of my family.”


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.