Highlights USA Vaulters and Squads contending for a position on the 2012 USA Team to represent the USA at the 2012 World Championships in Le Mans, France.
Coached by Samantha Matson
Team Members: Gabe Aniello, Tessa Divita, Kalyn Geisler, Kathryn Jaggers, Siddartha Kreaden, Kristen Kuhn, Samantha Matson and Katherine Salisbury
Woodside Vaulters is one of the oldest clubs on the West coast and has a long-standing reputation for developing champion teams and horses. The club has earned six A Team National Championships since its founding in 1990. In 1998, the Woodside team earned the Bronze Medal at the World Equestrian Games in Rome. The Woodside Vaulters A Team won the National Championship in Denver in 2011.
Last year at CHIO Aachen, the team placed fourth in the Preis der Sparkasse and earned the third highest team score in the Nations Cup. Five members of the 2011 team are returning for the 2012 competition season. The team’s horse is Stanford, a 17-hand Hanoverian. Stanford is longed by Julie Divita, the AVA Trainer of the Year in 2008.
Coach Matson is a talented and experienced coach, and a veteran international competitor. In addition to coaching teams and individuals at Woodside, she has coached at many USEF High Performance vaulting clinics and at other national and international clinics. She vaulted at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain in 2002, and the 2004 World Vaulting Championships in Stadl Paura, Austria, as well as numerous CVIs.www.woodsidevaulters.org
MOUNT EDEN SUN TEAM
Coached by Emma Seely and Jessica Ballenger
Joey Gadd, Allie Thrasher, Lizzie Ioannou, Florence Rubinger, Tasha Thorner, Bodhi Hall, and Michelle Guo.
The Sun Team is focused and ready for the competition season ahead. This is the 5th season that Emma and Jessica have teamed up to work with the Sun team and they are as excited as ever about working with this competitive, fun loving group of talented vaulters! Last year was a great year for the Sun Team, thanks in large part to their horse Uffruend Rosengard affectionately know as "Uffe" who ended up winning USEF's Team Horse of the Year for 2011. Uffe is owned by Jan Garrod of Garrod Farms and lounged by Emma Seely.
With an experienced core group of vaulters and coaches, a great team horse, and the addition of a new flyer they are looking forward to a great year! www.mtedenvaulting.net