Silvia Huonder, the most international of all Chefs d’Equipe

Silvia Huonder, well-known as being one of the Swiss Chef d’Equipe, passed away on Monday. Most of the worldwide vaulting community knew her for her kindness and for being very helpful to everybody. I can remember she always said something nice and encouraging to me whenever I entered the competition arena, something that put a smile on my face and helped me hide my stress…

She was Swiss but also British (whom whe supported since 1998).  To prove it, we spoke to Julie Newell, who knew her very well and she said: “Silvia has been an avid supporter of British Vaulting since 1997! She lunged the Watson twins, Sarah and Liz on her lovely chestnut horse Watson many times, she has been a dear friend to many of us and supported Lucy Bell while she was Chef d’Equipe. Silvie managed to divide her time being Swiss and British equally! Even down to having a British flag flying alongside her Swiss flag on her trusty bike at all of the competitions! Hurriedly changed jackets from Swiss to British before each vaulter went in.

Not only did she support Great-Britain in competitions, she was a part of them. Julie added: “Silvia has been over to England many times for training camps, seminars, national competitions. She came over in October 2016 to help celebrate 25 years of British Vaulting and then came to stay with me over Christmas where she had great fun attending her first visit to a good old-fashioned British pantomime! Jack and the Beanstalk… She loved it! I can see tears of joy flowing down her face now, she thought it was hilarious!! Vaulting competitions will never be the same again, Silvia was loved by all!

The social network went crazy when hearing this very sad news… Here are some of the messages left for her.



“What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, Star-dust or sea-foam, Flower or winged air” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich





I am an Irish vaulter, becoming a judge but I am also French and live in Paris where I work for a horse racing daily newspaper. I am also the author and owner of the blog .