Dusti Hausman Sweeps the Competition Earning Gold at the Vaulting National Championships
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The US Equestrian (USEF)/American Vaulting Association (AVA) Vaulting National Championships were held on August 7-11, 2019, at The National Equestrian Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Dusti Hausman captured the Female Gold Individual championship, while Mikhail Proctor claimed the Male Gold Individual championship. A composite squad from Mile-High Vaulters and Pacific Coast Vaulters won the A Team championship.
Hausman (Waxhaw, N.C.) won the compulsories with a score of 7.343, the freestyle 1 with a score of 7.737, and freestyle 2 with a score of 7.895 on her way to an overall score of 7.343 and the gold.
Hausman, 29, who vaults with the Triangle Equestrian Vaulting club out of Hillsborough, N.C., has been competing at the National Championships since 2004. The Female Gold Individual title has been one she’s coveted. “It’s been a goal of mine for a long time,” said Hausman. “I’ve been vaulting for almost 18 years, so it’s exciting to win gold. The only national championship I’ve won before was the C Team championship years ago, so it’s exciting to finally win the Gold Women’s championship.
“It doesn’t come easy to vault at this level. You have to be so consistent, and it’s a lot of work with the horses,” she continued.
Hausman vaulted on two horses throughout her weekend at the National Championships, Andrea Selch’s Canaday Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding, and Amanda Brazzell’s Chimera, an 18-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding. “I started the [vaulting] training of both the horses I vaulted on this weekend,” she said.
She used Chimera, a horse she’s been working with for four years, for her compulsory round. “I know him very well,” Hausman said. “He’s very sensitive, so he’s worried sometimes about the sounds in the arena. I didn’t know how that was going to go, but he got very comfortable very quickly and we had a good round. I had some personal goals that I’ve been working very hard toward all season and got those accomplished, which was very rewarding.”
For her freestyle rounds, she vaulted on Canaday Z, with whom she’s been working just this year. “He’s very new to the competition arena; he’s only been competing at this level for the past few months,” she said. “We had no idea how he was going to go, but my good friend and coach Mary McCormick, who is also a former national champion, longed him for me. We were able to put in some really good goes—not high in difficulty, but very clean and artistic. Harmony with the horse was really our goal, and I think that was good.”
Hausman trains with McCormick and Christoph Lensing, and when she’s not vaulting, she works as a licensed massage therapist, focusing on bodywork for athletes.
Second place in the Female Gold division went to Emma Milito (Brighton, Colo.) with a compulsory score of 7.327, freestyle 1 score of 6.338, and freestyle 2 score of 7.430 for an overall score of 7.032. Elsa Haugen (Hillsborough, Calif.) claimed third with a compulsory score of 7.167, a freestyle 1 score of 6.778, and a freestyle 2 score of 7.110 for an overall score of 7.018.
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