July 30, 2009

Kentucky Vaulting Cup

It's vaulting! For the uninitiated, vaulting is the original equestrian sport. Dagny is a coach and longeur and has two horses and two vaulters at this international competition in Lexington, Kentucky. It started today and runs through Sunday. But the very best part (for those of us who didn't make the trip) is this live video feed!

[Note: When live competition is not proceeding a promotional video for WEG loops instead.]

> Single-click on "livestream" in the upper-right corner to launch a dedicated viewer. :)
> Or, click the I/O icon in the lower-left to stop streaming. :(
> Click the "ON-DEMAND" button to find a list of completed classes available for reviewing.

The Kentucky Vaulting Cup is a test event for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the same venue in 2010.

UPDATE: Audio now defaults to muted on refresh.

UPDATE II: I (jk) have moved the player to the "Continue Reading.." page.

Shameless Self Promotion Sports Posted by JohnGalt at July 30, 2009 10:31 AM

You go, Dagny!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 30, 2009 12:01 PM


Posted by: jk at July 30, 2009 12:43 PM

I don't know the back story yet but I just watched dagny's biggest horse, Sampson, carry one of the California vaulting teams. As far as I know he was NOT scheduled to do so. There might have been a problem with the team's own horse requiring a last minute substitution - a common occurrence in competition. Sam went great and so did the team! Yaay! As Drudge would say, "Developing."

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2009 3:50 PM

I have more details on yesterday's developing story. The team's horse showed signs of lameness during their warmup round. For fear that it might get worse they decided to switch horses and chose Sampson. All of Sampson's tack (and dagny's showing clothes) had been put away for the day and couldn't be recovered in time for the scheduled go, just minutes away. Other vaulting clubs contributed everything from bridle and bit to boots and clothes for dagny to wear. This sort of cameraderie is also very common at vaulting competitions.

Under FEI rules all competitors must use the same horse for the entire competition. This means that Sampson will be carrying the A-team (internationally they call it CVI** - say "CVI two star") freestyle today at 3:40 pm Eastern and tomorrow as well. Try to catch it if you can! It will be one of the premier events of the entire competition. If anything will impress you with vaulting it will be high level team performances.

Posted by: johngalt at July 31, 2009 10:16 AM | What do you think? [4]