New Zealand vaulters make impression at WEG

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 13:22 04/09/2014

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New Zealand's vaulters have made an immediate impression in their first World Equestrian Games.

The Kiwis are through to the final of the teams event in France, living up to their tag as dark horses for the competition.

They finished ninth in the compulsory and on Thursday shone with their Lorde-inspired freestyle which saw them place 10th for an overall seventh placing from the 17 teams.

Teams from other more established vaulting countries struggled in the close atmosphere of the Zenith Arena in Caen, but the six-strong team from the Kapiti Vaulting Cub exuded confidence.

The top 12 compete on Friday night (NZ time) to decide the medals.

New Zealand are aboard a borrowed horse, Ikarus, which comes from the Pegasus Muhlacker Club in Germany where the New Zealanders have been preparing for the world championships.

The athletes range in age from 11 through to 21, and the team comprises six vaulters, two reserves and two trainers.

Vaulting is most commonly described as gymnastics and dance on horseback.

New Zealand team: Danielle Schwabe, Brooke Dunstan, Lily-Claire Palmer, Georgi Curran, Rhyanne Vasta, Evangeline Goldie, Grace Williamson, Jennifer Ponne. Coaches: Catarina Strom, Verena Fiess.

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