July 29, 2010

Standing on Horses

Starting tomorrow in sunny (and chilly) Santa Barbara, California is the American Vaulting Association 2010 National Championships. The event is also recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation. Clubs from all over the USA and Canada send vaulters to compete in individual and team classes, including from... Fort Lupton, Colorado!

Yours truly will be competing this year in individual, team and a pairs class with my 5 year-old. Said pairs event is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:55 Pacific Time (actual time can vary, early or late from the schedule, and the schedule can also change.)

And, believe it or not, events will be webcast live. We're in "Red Arena" which I believe will be "Arena 2" on the broadcast site. There's also a schedule page that might be updated to have us listed by name sometime tomorrow. (Eric & Zoe). Our class is called "Trot Pas de Deux" or "Trot Pairs." Wish us luck!

Horses Shameless Self Promotion Sports Posted by JohnGalt at July 29, 2010 1:11 AM

And for Brother KA, if you and Mrs. KA are interested in toolin' up the coast in the 'stang to view some of this action in person (no charge) I'd say Saturday would be a great day to do so. I'll be participating in "Trot Team Freestyle" around 8 am and also in "Trot Freestyle" (individual) later in the day. There will also be Gold and Silver Freestyles (individual) and Pas de Deux's are nice too. Schedule here.

The most impressive of all is A Team Freestyles first thing Sunday, your schedule permitting.

You can drive in Gate C and find parking, and you're welcome to come visit us and the horses in Barn F. We have a small banner that reads "Mile High Vaulters."

Posted by: johngalt at July 29, 2010 9:53 AM

jg: I'm discussing the details with the beloved bride as we speak - we're aiming to visit Saturday afternoon. Thanks for the invite!

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 29, 2010 12:03 PM

In the theater, they say "Break a leg" for good luck. What is the appropriate phrase in vaulting - "Don't break your neck?" Anyhow, good luck - make Colorado proud!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 29, 2010 12:13 PM

Indeed. The Centennial State knows you'll do us proud.

Posted by: jk at July 29, 2010 12:52 PM

Zoe and I finished 3rd of 5. (I was hoping for "not last.") Yes, we're proud. Even more proud, however, of Zoe and Alex's FIRST PLACE FINISH in the just-for-fun "gambler's choice" event where the pairings and music are randomly selected. Woo Hoooo! Blue Ribbons!

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2010 12:38 AM

Good for her! I'll be that little 5-year old is excited. Good stuff.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 30, 2010 10:56 AM

It's all over but the crying...

Our trot team finished 3rd, which we are happy with but expected better. Some judging "peculiarities" as they say. Oh well.

Personally I came in fourth of four trot men ... sniff ... but one of the two judges had me third in freestyle!! (Little bits of hope keep me goin'. Honestly, those other three guys were pretty good, and under 18 yrs., but I can still do better next time.)

And two members of our team won prestigious "Zone Award" jackets for having the highest average score from three or more regional competitions in the Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma region. Woo Hoo!

Now the 18 hour odyssey begins to get back home. See you in a couple days. -JG

Posted by: johngalt at August 2, 2010 10:21 AM

Congrats and safe travels, bro!

Posted by: jk at August 2, 2010 12:16 PM

Way to go! The vagueries of subjective scoring systems always add an interesting and unpredictable dimension to the competition.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 2, 2010 6:19 PM

Was it the Russian judges again? If it was Russians, say Russians!

Posted by: jk at August 2, 2010 6:31 PM

We're Back! (to Atlantis Farm.)

Of course, if the judging is subjective then so is the reaction to said judging. In the judges' favor, there were two of them and both apparently had similar scores.

But more importantly, in my rush to click "post" and get out of the motel lobby and on the road I forgot to also include what a great joy it was to meet Brother KA and his lovely bride in person on Saturday! They took the time to come and see what vaulting is all about and to chat for a while with yours truly. [It took us a while to find each other. I was advised that we may have had a KA sighting since someone came to our paddocks and asked for "John Galt, the blogger" only to be met with bewilderment by the solitary parent who was holding down the fort. KA later recognized me by my club T-shirt.] It was more than a bit chaotic, with horses and schedules and children swirling about us, but we did get a chance to talk about a few things that might make it onto these pages soon. One of them was a 3Sources meet-up some time, some where. Only an idea at this point. Nonetheless, I was very pleased to have finally met (and learned about their budding small-business venture.)

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