Vaulting at WEG:
What You Need
to Know

31 August 2018

Always a fan favourite and not to be missed, prepare to be wowed, thrilled, shocked and amazed as Vaulting returns to the FEI World Equestrian Games™...

The pinnacle event in Vaulting’s calendar, in Tryon you are guaranteed astonishing feats of athletic skill, breath-taking choreography and exceptional horses – Vaulting is the ultimate triple threat.

 

Whether you are an avid follower or someone dipping their toes into the sport for the first time, here are some need to know facts as we edge ever closer to Tryon…

 

In both the individual female and male categories two new champions will be crowned with neither Joanne Eccles (GBR) nor Jacques Ferrari (FRA) returning to defend their titles.

 
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The field could not be more competitive...

There seems to be a realisation amongst vaulters that medals are there for the taking with a host of contenders over each category gunning for gold.

 

Competition is rife and with no margin for error it will come down to who can create those unforgettable ‘goose bump’ moments that WEG is renowned for.

 

Kristina Boe (GER) will be looking to make it a clean sweep adding World Champion to her impressive list of accolades which include current FEI World Cup winner & European Champion. 

 

Famed for her captivating ability to tell a story through her vaulting, she will face competition from a tough field, and will have her sights firmly on the gold medal after narrowly missing out at 2016 FEI World Championships.

 

There is an endless list of those with the capacity to take top honours; Katharina Luschin (AUT) undefeated in 2018, Nadja Büttiker (SUI) second in the FEI World Cup 2018, Sarah Kay (GER) multiple world & European medallist, Lisa Wild (AUT) 2015 World Cup winner, Janika Derks (GER) celebrated for her dominance in the compulsory round & Anna Cavallaro (ITA) 2014 WEG silver medallist.

 

In the male category all eyes will be firmly on Lambert Leclezio, the 2016 world champion who won under the Mauritian flag, will this year make his championship debut for France. 

 

With form, finesse & breath-taking skill if he is able to execute all four rounds as planned he will be tough to beat. He joins a formidable French contingent which includes current World silver medallist Vincent Haennel and European bronze medallist Clement Taillez.

 

Germany are fielding a strong line-up of male individuals all with their sights firmly set on gold, including; 2018 FEI World Cup winner Jannis Drewell, 2018 CHIO Aachen winner Jannik Heiland and former European silver medallist Thomas Brüsewitz.

 

Keep an eye on two times World Junior Champion Colombia’s Juan Martin Clavijo.

Germany
are fielding a
strong line-up

The electrifying Pas De Deux class is back...

The 2014 gold medallists Jasmin Lindner & Lukas Wacha returning to defend their title. 

 

The pair that were untouchable in 2014 with scores in excess of 9 and who achieved five years of dominance in the class, were forced to miss the Europeans last year due to an injury sustained by Wacha. 

 

They will battle it out against the highly experienced field including European Champions Silvia Stopazzini & Lorenzo Lupacchini (ITA), Torben Jacobs - silver medallist from WEG 2014 - & Theresa-Sophie Bresch (GER), members of the 2014 gold medal winning team Janika Derks & Johannes Kay and Austria’s Stefan Csandl & Theresa Thiel – just a few of the exceptional Pas De Deux’s looking for the top step on the podium.

 

In the highly anticipated team event, it seems most likely that the medals will be decided amongst the three vaulting ‘heavyweights’ - Germany, Austria & Switzerland. The initial compulsory round could be vital in determining the medals as we know all three freestyle’s will be awe-inspiring. Italy will be firmly on their coattails with America looking to once again shine on home-soil. 

 

For the first time in history we will find out who is the best Vaulting nation 2018, as a Nations Cup category has been added to proceedings.

 

It will be thrilling to watch two individuals and a team from each country unite in search of national glory.  With pride on the line, pressure and emotion will be intensified, as vaulter’s perform with the hopes of their entire vaulting nation resting on their shoulders.

 

Don't miss a moment of Vaulting at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™, which kicks off this month, on FEI TV and across our social channels. 

 

Text by Hannah Eccles