Polokwane Vaulting is up and running! On the 8th of September Nicole de Villiers, Sebastian Andrews and Martli de Kok hit the road and travelled to Broadlands Stables in Polokwane to give a vaulting clinic. Marna de Lange introduced the idea to the yard, and the clinic was set up by the owner of Broadlands, Lynne Cocks. About 20 very enthusiastic children attended this clinic, and the group showed huge potential and talent. The day started with a warm up and stretching session. When the kids were well warmed up (or worn out!) it was time to move onto the barrel session. It was not long before all the kids were able to do the E grade compulsory exercises, which meant it was time to move on to the horses. We tried two horses, one was a bit spooky and nervous, but the second one seemed quite happy with vaulting. Everyone managed to repeat what they had learnt on the barrel on the horse. Next we tackled the freestyle exercises. Martli and Sebastian demonstrated their sequences, and everyone was very keen to try it. The kids learnt not only the basic movements and exercises, but also coming up with their own ideas. 4 Polokwane vaulters attended the Riverpark show on the 29th and 30th of September, only 2 weeks after this clinic. They had only managed to train on a horse once before the show, but despite this they all did very well. This is a very exciting development, meaning that Limpopo would be able to send a team to the inter regional competition! Hopefully we will soon have teams from all the regions competing at this show. We would like to thank Lynne Cocks and Marna de Lange from Broadlands Stables for a wonderful day, and congratulate them on getting vaulting up and running in Polokwane! We are very excited to have them as part of our community, and look forward to many shows at their beautiful venue! Agata Pekala returns to Poland It’s a sad goodbye from us all to Agata Pekala who has left Riba Stables and returned to Poland for a holiday. This is a great loss to South Africa as Agata played a huge role in vaulting in South Africa, coaching the Riba Stables vaulters and the team that represented South Africa at the World Equestrian Games. We wish her well, and thank her for all she has done for vaulting in our country. Clinic and Show in Kimberley Steffi Waidmann and Nicole de Villiers travelled to Kimberley on the 21st of September to give a vaulting clinic. In the barrel sessions focus was on technical mistakes, and changing and choreographing freestyles to music, with arm movements and unitards to match. These routines were rehearsed on the horse, and when the Riverpark vaulters arrived on Saturday the 22nd, it was all systems go for Kimberley’s first graded show. Results from the show: Children’s E Grade 1st Alexandra van As 5.844 2nd Zoe Liebenberg 5.508 Children’s D Grade—Male 1st Charles Tsanye 5.777 2nd Dylan Jones 5.644 Children’s D Grade—Female 1st Mildred Tsanye 6.163 2nd Abby Wynberg 5.860 3rd Alexandra van As 5.731 Open D Grade 1st Demi de Villiers 6.142 2nd Monica Ferrel 6.141 3rd Tanya Cronje 6.114 4th Sebastian Andrews 5.926 5th Paige Jenje 5.325 Children’s C Grade—Male 1st Charles Tsanye 5.246 Children’s C Grade—Female 1st Mildred Tsanye 5.283 2nd Abby Wynberg 4.858 Open C Grade 1st Monica Ferrel 5.549 2nd Martli de Kok 5.530 3rd Demi de Villiers 5.392 The trophy for the overall highest score went to Mildred Tsanye from Kimberley. Other than a “small” fire in the arena ( Nicole did not know exactly how flammable peanut husks are!) everything went well on the weekend and great fun was had by all. We would like to thank Silke Ceruti for judging on the weekend, and Ilse de Villiers for organising a great event. Our vaulters were spoilt with a wonderful sponsored braai, as well as a farewell lunch. We will definitely see you again next year! Vaulting reaches the DRC By Jasyn Gertenbach Le Cércle Hippique du Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo had asked Riba Vaulting Club for help as they wanted to start a vaulting club. They had made a practice barrel, and were ready to begin, so, on the weekend of 8-9 September, I went to start them off. They had two riding school horses that they thought might make good vaulting horses, and one of them, a 16.1h chestnut, was a good size and seemed to have a suitable temperament. I ran three training sessions for interested vaulters over the weekend: there were about eight riders aged 12 t0 16 who were keen to vault. Since they could already ride, they were familiar with horses and had good balance. In our first session we worked on the barrel and introduced vaulters and horse to work at the walk. By the end of the session everyone had gone through the E-grade compulsories. On the Saturday afternoon we had another session with the horse. The vaulters were all very keen and brave, and tried everything I suggested: by the end of Saturday’s work everyone had managed to stand at the walk. On the Sunday we had a final long session, on the barrel and then on the horse. This time we tried a little canter work as well. The horse proved to be a good choice: although he still has a lot to learn about cantering steadily and slowly, he let me stand on him at the canter without a fuss. The Congo vaulters all managed to perform a half-flag at the canter, so we ended our weekend with a feeling of achievement. The vaulters in Lubumbashi will now continue with their stretching exercises, barrel-work and practicing their compulsories. They want us to come again soon, and have asked us to go back in October. We hope to have them ready to enter the Inter-Africa Cup Vaulting next year, which is going to be a bigger competition than ever before. Riverpark Show 29/30 Sept Due to everyone doing the rain dance before the South African Derby, it was decided to move the Riverpark Vaulting Festival into the Lipizzaner Hall. The show had a great atmosphere with almost 40 vaulters competing over the 2 days, ranging from E to B grade. We would like to thank everyone who worked so hard in making this show a success, but in particular Nicky Firer & Fiona Butcher for all their hard work.and support. Also a big thank you to the judges, Silke Ceruti, Shelley Paveley and our out of town judges Helen Anderson and Hilde Ocenasek for judging the event Under 10 E Grade 1st Julia Pitchford 5.946 2nd Micheal van Wyk 5.530 3rd Ouma Ridard 5.486 Children’s E Grade 1st Zoe Mosiah 5.805 2nd Dylan Jones 5.691 3rd Ruth Gorven 5.606 Open E Grade 1st Tanya Cronje 5.949 2nd Sebastian Andrews 5.934 3rd Kensani Maluleke 5.540 Under 10 D Grade 1st Julia Pitchford 6.080 2nd Abigale Wynberg 5.719 3rd Micheal van Wyk 5.394 Children’s D Grade 1st Joelle Lismont 6.496 2nd KelseyJo Baumann 6.356 3rd Zoe Mosiah 5.889 Open D Grade 1st Tanya Cronje 6.020 2nd Sebastian Andrews 5.953 Child & Open C Grade 1st Imogen Baxter 5.620 2nd Abigale Wynberg 4.724 Child & Open B Grade 1st Megan Taylor 6.918 2nd Cara Frew 6.873 3rd Eleni Stais 6.863 Congratulations to you all! VAULTING CLUBS RIba Stables—Kyalami Barbie Gertenbach 082-453 3522 Riverpark Stables—Sandton Nicole de Villiers 083 3357476 Southern Riding Center—JHB south Tanya Lewthwaite 0824692006 CSC Vaulting Club—JHB south Cheryl Smith 072 115 3370 Shya Moya Stables—Honeydew Nicole de Villiers 083 3357476 Equinet Stables—Pretoria Linkey & Warren Jones 0832767506 Broadlands Stables—Polokwane Lynne Cocks 0825701589 Do you want to start vaulting, or would you like to start vaulting at your yard… If you are interested in starting vaulting at an existing club, give the club in your area a call to set up a try out lesson. You will soon be hooked on this wonderful sport! If you have a yard, and would like to offer vaulting, give Paula Taylor a call. She will set up instructors to contact you and arrange a date to do a clinic at your yard.