The six strong vaulting squad got the competition underway for the British contingent this morning in Germany with the entire squad making their senior championship debut at the FEI European Championships in Aachen (20 August 2015). The squad, consisting of Andrew McLachlan, Hannah Young, Rebecca Norval, Harry Cox, Lisa Mercer and Kerri Brylka put in a super first round to score 6.348 on board John & Jane Eccles’ Tylers Kernal, lunged by John Eccles.
Speaking after their test Ann Rogerson, British Chef d’Equipe for the vaulting team commented; “Very happy, they are quite a young team, this is their first year in seniors, it’s their first year on this stage and I think they did a really good job. It’s a big arena it’s a big difference even from the Championships that they have done already.”
Warwickshire’s Lucy Phillips was the first Individual Female Vaulter to enter the Deutsche Bank Stadium for the female compulsory round, along with her mum Liz who lunges her horse Pitucelli (owned by William & Elizabeth Phillips and Lucy). A strong test from the experienced senior vaulter saw a score of 7.201 appear on the big screen to the delight of the crowd.
A double of Hannah’s (both hailing from Scotland) were next to display their moves, as Hannah Eccles and Hannah Young undertook their compulsory test on John and Jane Eccles’ WH Bentley.
First up and lunged by dad John, Hannah Eccles produced a very good test to score 7.351. She commented afterwards; “The hardest one is always the compulsory so to have that over and done and it to not go too bad, I’m really happy with that. We’re here for a really good time, for me we were so focussed on WEG last year and I’m not doing pairs anymore so it’s great to be here and compete in this arena.”
Following Hannah Eccles, Hannah Young was in to make her senior individual debut, and with a score of 6.798 the up and coming vaulter was very pleased; “The compulsory is always one of the more challenging rounds but I think that went pretty much as well as it could have went, I was happy with it over all,” she said, “This is my first year in seniors so I’m just going out here to have fun and do the best I can possibly do; the aim for me was to get selected this year, and that’s happened so I’m just going to go and see what I can do!”
After his earlier appearance in the squad event Scotland’s Andrew McLachlan was once again competing on Tylers Kernal, in the Individual Male Compulsories. This time lunged by Amanda McLachlan, Andrew put in a great start to his campaign by taking a score of 7.347.
Friday will see the Squad, Pas de Deux and Individual Male and Female vaulters competing in the freestyle test. For a full schedule visit: http://results.aachen2015.de/show/7/schedule/
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