The Wonder of Vaulting is Coming to Wellington
Saturday, February 8, 2014
"We are grateful to the EQUUS Foundation for this opportunity to not only dazzle and amaze the guests at the Fete Cheval Etoile, but also to build and promote equestrian vaulting in the United States", said Coach Greta Shryock. The American Vaulting Association (AVA) has programs for all types of vaulters, from recreational and pony club vaulters to therapeutic vaulters, from beginner to world championship levels.
Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman of the Board of the EQUUS Foundation, and Chrystine Tauber, President of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), are serving as the Honorary Chairs of the event, which will celebrate the extraordinary talent of horses and the magical bond between horses and people.
Alex Schaubhut is a 17-year old gold level vaulter who recently graduated early from high school in order to work toward completing at the World Equestrian Games in 2014. Alex has been vaulting for eight years and has been a member of the Friendship Team for four years. Alex's mother, Melanie, is the manager of the AVA Friendship Team and will be one of the two lungers for the Sunday performance. She is also the founder of the Lone Star Vaulters Club and the owner of September Song Stables in Austin Texas.
Alex is coached by fellow vaulter Kalyn Geisler, an internationally competitive equestrian vaulter for 10 years with multiple National titles in both A-team and pas de deux. Kalyn has competed at two World Championships and holds a team Bronze medal. Kalyn is currently coaching athletes who aspire to represent the United States and Canada at the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and received the Oserlea Award in 2012 for best presentation of horse and lunger. She founded Wildfire Vaulters in 2013 with her husband, Kenny, another internationally recognized vaulter.
Francesca Foley is a 17 year old Silver level vaulter who trains with Vaulters Del Sol in New Mexico. She competed at three National Championships and won one National Title. A straight-A student with a 4.25 GPA, Foley also cross trains regularly with dance, yoga, acro-balance, rock climbing, gymnastics, and snowboarding.
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