The USEF High Performance Vaulters were polishing their skills over the weekend too. The USEF High Performance Vaulting clinic was held February 20-21 at the Frankel’s Equestrian Center and the Garrod’s Equestrian Center respectively, both in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Invited to participate were the top six US ranked female vaulters, top five ranked male vaulters and Megan Benjamin based on her Gold Medal performance at the 2006 World Equestrian Games.
Top clinicians were present: Daniel Kaiser, who is the current male World Champion from Germany, worked diligently with the vaulters on fundamentals and routine. Susan Detol ‘O’ and Craig Coburn ‘I’ judged a mock competition during the morning and then spent time with each vaulter and their coach in the afternoon reviewing a tape of their session and discussing ways to improve their performance.
Sebastian Grubb worked on choreography and Shawn Ricci enhanced their routines with ballet movements.
Reports from the training sessions were great, enthusiasm was very high and everyone put in an incredible effort and all eyes are focused on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in September.
Participants in the clinics were: Megan Benjamin, Alicien Divita, Marisa Hamar, Elizabeth Ioannou, Mary McCormick, Shannyn Poer, Katherine Wick, Gabe Aniello, Eric Garcia and Patrick Stevens.
For more information about the US High Performance programs see: http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/allvaulting/hpvaulting.aspx.
Photo: Germany's Daniel Kaiser FEI