4 Days, 2 Countries, 2 World Cup Legs, 2 Vaulters (Updated)

This post will be updated as the weekend goes by. It is co-authored by Adele and Celina.

As we introduced you to this year’s world cup we linked to the FEI list of starters. One detail there is very interesting and we didn’t have the chance to talk about it yet.

A few months ago, FEI disclosed the final list of competitions and the timetables, because they did it so early in the year, everyone had the opportunity to plan ahead of time. The problem is that this weekend there will be two World Cup legs taking place: Madrid and Paris,

They are on the same continent (as all of them are), so why not compete at both of them?

Isabel Fiala (Austria) and Lukas Heppler (Switzerland) will do so. They are going to vault in Madrid, Spain, on November 25, 2016. And in a world where flying is totally normal and fast, they are going to leave Spain in the morning of November 26 by plane and compete at half-past four in the afternoon in Paris, France.

What a trip, and it has already started!

Check out their diary bellow:

Isabel Fiala, November 23, 2016, 12:21 PM:

Lukas Heppler, November 23, 2016, 2:21 PM

I already landed in Madrid. We’re at lunch waiting for Isa and the rest to arrive and have training later this afternoon.

Isabel Fiala, November 23, 2016, 11:01 PM

Diane Fraser and Anna Cavallaro travelled to Madrid, each with two horses. They started their journey already on Monday and stopped by for the night to give the horses a rest.

Today was training day and we had to allocate who is starting on which horse. Lukas and I tried all 4 horses in 3 hours and decided that I will compete on “grandpa” Simbal from the Spanish Junior PDD and Lukas is on Monaco Franze from Anna Cavallaro.

We had so much fun and are looking forward to tomorrow and keep you updated… Tomorrow there will be a warm up to get the horses used to the arena and in the evening the first round!

 Lukas Heppler, November 23, 2016, 11:43 PM

Today probably the shortest VET Inspection in vaulting history which lasted only 4 minutes. All horses passed.

Not only a tight schedule this week but also today. After the VET Inspection we had time to familiarize the horses with the arena. All of them were very relaxed and Isa decided to change from Vaultinghorse Grandpa Simbal to Newcomer Rudi (Royal George Alexander). After a short technical meeting where we were reminded of the special rules effective for the World Cup Season (e.g. no Trot Round) it was already time to prepare the horses for the first round. As there were only 3 different lungers for 8 competitors and the World Cup rules say that everybody has to run in separate everybody had to help each other. But that’s probably one of the things unique to the vaulting family.

Isa was the first competitor and in the beginning everything went quite well but while doing a free high kick with the leg she lost balance and ended up below the horse. Fortunately she wasn’ t seriously injured. Things went better for me and i was quite satisfied with my performance even tough i had to change the most difficult parts of my freestyle. Tomorrow once again will try our best..

Greetings from Spain

Stream of the first round in Madrid

When there is no official free stream, vaulters find a way to transmit anyway. Second round in Madrid with the overall winners Lukas Heppler (Switzerland) and Anna Cavallaro (Italy).

Lukas Heppler, November 26, 2016, 10:41 AM

We just landed in Paris and we are heading to the showground. We’ll keep you updated.

First round in Paris. The leg was won by Janika Derks (Germany) and Clement Taillez (France)

Results of the vaulting world cup legs number one and two

Madrid (look for “CVI”) and Paris

Current standings after the first two legs

Isabel Fiala is leading the women, Lukas Heppler is in front of the men and Lucie Chevrel and Simon Chevrel are on the first place of the pas de deux.


Madrid (ESP)
Competition 1:
24.11.2016 – 19:00 h
Competition 2:
25.11.2016 – 17:15 h
Online Schedule & Results
Anna Cavallaro (ITA)
Isabel Fiala (AUT)
Nadja Büttiker (SUI)
Marina Mohar (SUI)
Daniel Kaiser (GER)
Thomas Brüsewitz (GER)
Lukas Heppler (SUI)
Jannick Heiland (GER)
Paris (FRA) 
24-27.11.2016Competition 1:
26.11.2016 – 16:30 h
Competition 2:
27.11.2016 – 17:30 h
Online Schedule & Results
Janika Derks (GER)
Pascale Wagner (SUI)
Isabel Fiala (AUT)
Vincent Haennel (FRA)
Balazs Bence (HUN)
Clement Taillez (FRA)
Lukas Heppler (SUI)

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.