American Vaulters Looking Forward

With the three AHSA designated Team Selection Trials completed, four Teams remain who dream of representing the United States in Mannheim, Germany at the World Vaulting Championships 2000. The Barronsgate Team of Agoura, California remains in the lead, but their first place standing may be challenged. Each team has one last opportunity to earn a score from an AHSA (American Horse Shows Association) recognized vaulting competition, which occurs prior to May 21, 2000. The D G Bar Ranch of Hanford, California will host that show on May 19-20. All four teams have entered and the Mount Eden, Sundance and Woodside Teams are all shooting for that final score which will edge out the Barronsgate Team.
 
The Sundance Team of Woodside, California increased the pressure on the Barronsgate Team at the final Team Selection Trial held at Garrod Farms in Saratoga, California on May 13th. Coached by Katarina Alongi, the Sundance Team showed strong compulsory exercises and finished the round in first place. The Sundance Team also finished first in the Kur round (freestyle). Their Kur showed imagination and daring. The strong performance throughout the day left the Sundance Team finishing first overall.
 
In the Women's Division, Kerith Lemon's flexible compulsories and beautifully choreographed Kur finished just ahead of competitors Mari Inouye and Pam Geisler. Lemon, who has earned three silver medals (two at World Equestrian Games in 94 and 98 and the third from the World Vaulting Championships 1996) had announced early in the season that she would retire at the end of this competition year. She will focus on her studies at the University of California Berkeley campus in the fall.
 
Devon Maitozo (first place) and Erik Martonovich (second place) finished the day well ahead of other competitors in the Men's Division. The two men have dominated this season and it seems certain they will be headed for Mannheim in August. Three men will go to Mannheim. Kenny Geisler and Brent Dahlgren both hope to be selected for that last spot. The competition at D G Bar Ranch on Saturday will decide.
 
All vaulting competitors will have one last opportunity to garner a top score and secure their name on the final list of vaulters selected by AHSA to represent the United States at the World Vaulting Championships in Mannheim.
 
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Media contact: Jan Weber, Vice President of Development, American Vaulting Association (805) 494-4192 Fax (805) 379-0522 Email: janaj40@aol.com
 
Please visit our website at www.americanvaulting.org for more information about vaulting. The American Vaulting Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to the promotion of Vaulting, an equestrian youth sport in which vaulters perform gymnastic movements on and in harmony with their equine partner



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