The final of the Danish winter barrel cup took place last Sunday. It was not in a gym or in a riding arena but on the big outdoor stage of the Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen.
What a great idea. The vaulters had to qualify for the final in five stages. So, the few senior pas de deux and beginner teams which I saw had a very level: neat and precise freestyles. That represented our sport very well.
Also, on the livestream the organization looked very professional. The stage was in black, the four judges in the background, the logo of the event, the trophies and many flowers decorated the venue. The salute was to the spectators, not to the judges. A moderator was always on stage, announcing every competitor and asking for short interviews after the routines.
I think that many public parks, gardening exhibitions (common in Germany) or, as seen here, amusement parks have a big enough stage for a wooden horse. I imagine that some people who want to get to the roller coasters would stop for a few minutes. That way, people have the chance to learn about vaulting who would never have gone into a stable.
Is a public competition a way to spread the word about equestrian vaulting? It is an acrobatic show but maybe there are creative ideas to explain the spectators that the exercises are supposed to be done on a cantering horse. I like the concept very much.