Washington was a Great Start to 2014 Vaulting Season

April 1st, 2014 9:21 AM | Comments Off on Washington was a Great Start to 2014 Vaulting Season
Hello again everyone!
My teammates, Mary McCormick, Mary Garret, and I have safely returned from our first selection trial which was held on the 28th – 30th in Lynden, WA.  After driving northward for a good number of hours, we stopped at Grants Pass in Oregon where we stabled the horses overnight at an old race track.  The following morning we hit the road again this time going all the way to Lynden and arriving in the late afternoon.  After taking care of the horses and setting up our stalls we retired to the hotel to rest and prepare for the first day of competition!
As the morning of the 28th rolled around, we felt well rested and ready to go.  Starting off the days events was the individual compulsory round where everyone performs the same seven skills.  We came out strong —  I scored a 7.953 taking first place by over a point.  My teammates did likewise in the women’s division taking first and second.  Later that evening was the first round freestyle of pas de deux.
My pas de deux partner, Mary Garrett, and I’s, first routine was a bit rough, however, in the second round the following day, we nailed it scoring an 8.022 earning us second place!  We also trimmed down our routine for this first selection trial and have a lot more to show the world so stay tuned!  Our pas de deux is a graceful dance set to opera singer Andrea Bocelli’s song “Nessun Dorma”.  We’re still filling out our theme with new uniforms in the works, as well as taking ballroom dancing classes to build our grace and performance. Our uniforms are by the wonderful designer of vaulting attire, Kim Nordin from Sweden.
The second day was a huge success in both our pas de deux as well as individuals.  After performing my technical test to Moonlight Sonata, all that was left was freestyle which went extremely well earning a 7.717. My freestyle is themed as if my heart was broken by a girl I’d fallen desparately in love with, and my music is quite fitting. I perform to “Wicked Game” Originally by Chris Isaak but I use a cover.
Following the conclusion of the competition, we immediately began packing up and hit the road back to California.  After four or five hours of driving we stopped at a motel near Portland to sleep for a few hours before heading out again the next morning for the remaining thirteen hour drive to Woodside, CA.  I’m happy to say the horses fared very well on the trip and are now enjoying some well-deserved rest before our next big competition: the Mozart Memorial Selection Trial in Somis, CA to be held on the 25th – 27th of April.
Overall, a great weekend and start to what is shaping up to be our most exciting vaulting season yet!

Kristian Roberts

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