Sixteen vaulters from around the U.S. visited the Kentucky Horse Park over the past weekend to compete in the CVI Kentucky and North American Young Riders Vaulting Challenge. CVIJ 2*, CVI 2*, and CVI 3* competitions were all held.
|Mary McCormick & Palatine (MacMillan Photography)|
In the 3* competition a familiar face finished atop the women’s division; Mary McCormick (Woodside, CA) scored 8.041 (she was the only vaulter to score above 8) on the Sydney Frankel owned horse Palatine. It was a good finish for the pair as they prepare to head to Le Mans, France for the World Vaulting Championships August 13-19. The men’s individual event was won by world championship alternate George Joseph Gadd on Sydney Frankel’s Cheval.
At the 2* it was Ruthann Goodrich (Wilmore, KY) on Cheval who bested Stephanie Harris (Chantilly, VA) to win the Female individual competition. The 2* event also featured a squad competition won by USA Pack on Bordeaux Imperial. USA Pack was made up of six vaulters representing four states and was coached by Lisa Zielenske.
The Junior 2* event was a family affair for Kimberley and Colton Palmer. The sister and younger brother won the female individual and male individual classes respectively on their horse Highwater Bay.
Kimberley palmer was one half of the winning Pas de Deux pair as well. She and Cassidy Palme won the title on Cheval.
See photos from the weekend and follow the U.S. Vaulting Team at http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2012Vaulting/