WEG Selection Trials Part Deux

by | May 2nd, 2014 12:28 PM | Comments Off on WEG Selection Trials Part Deux

Greetings once again!

I have finally returned from the grueling selection trial in Somis, CA with very good news indeed!  Pacific Coast Vaulters came out very strong once again taking first place in both the Men’s and Women’s individual competition as well as taking second in pas de deux; EXACTLY the same results as in Lynden, WA!

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We arrived in hot, sunny southern California on Thursday night and unloaded the horses and their tack before turning in for a good night of sleep after the 6 hour drive from Woodside to Somis.  The next morning, we had a bit of practice time in the competition arena so as to get the horses accustomed to the new sights and sounds before the next two days.  Saturday and Sunday were nearly the same; I woke up at 5am both days to prepare for the A Team competition while pas de deux and individuals were held later in the day.  I earned great scores in the compulsory round especially, getting a 7.990 which is my new personal record!  Overall, it was a very successful weekend both for placing and for preparing us for the CVI Pacific Cup to be held in Gilroy this weekend (May 2nd – 4th).

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This weekend is especially important for us as potential World Equestrian Games qualifiers because of a score required by the FEI known as the Certificate of Capability.  This score, for individuals, is a combined score of the three rounds totaling at least 7.000.  For pas de deux it is a 6.800 or greater.  As you can imagine, this will be a fierce competition with everyone trying their hardest to earn that “golden ticket” of a 7.000.  Tomorrow, we’ll be on our way with all our horses to the relatively close venue of Gilroy Gaits where the Pacific Cup is to be held.  Competition will span three days and we will be hosting vaulters from both Australia and Canada!

Who will come out on top?  And who will be that much closer to qualifying to the largest equestrian sporting event in history?  We’ll find out this weekend right here in Gilroy, CA!

Stay tuned updates on the Pacific Cup this weekend!

Kristian Roberts

About the Author

Kristian Roberts began vaulting at age 13 and has been hooked ever since. In 2008, Roberts was the Silver Men Overall Champion at the USEF/AVA National Championships. In 2010 he placed fifth at the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championships, which also served as the USEF Selection Trials for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. In October of 2010, Roberts represented the U.S. for the first time at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. He won the USEF/AVA National Championships in 2012 and 2013, and is now seeking a spot on the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games vaulting team.

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