British junior vaulters impress in Kapsovar

14th Aug 2018

Great Britain's junior vaulting squad achieved their highest ever finish at the FEI Junior Vaulting European Championships placing fourth overall.

The British team comprised of 1 squad, 2 Pas de deux, 3 female individuals and 2 male individuals as well as 5 horses, all made the journey to Kapsovar, Hungary.

The junior squad compulsory round kicked off the competition with Great Britain being represented by Araminta Younger, Henry Johnston-Smith, Aimee Gillie, Elsa Hibbert, Beth Hay and Henrietta Pinchbeck vaulting on Bankey Moon lunged by Rebecca Hewit.  The squad performed a tight set of compulsories finishing the round in 5th out of ten squads. 

This was then followed by the individual compulsory round.

39 vaulters participated in the female class. Kerri Brylka, vaulting on Captain Jack, lunged by John Eccles finished in 25th place with Araminta Younger on Bankey Moon again lunged by Rebecca Hewit in 30th and Mhairi Hume on Captain Jack in 31st place.

It was then the male individuals turn. 18 vaulters participated in the competition.  Atholl Pettinger finished in 7th and Jack Wilson finished the round in 17th.  Both vaulted on Rum N Coke lunged by Liz Mackay.  This was Rum N Coke’s first Championships as well as his first vaulting trip abroad.

10 pas de deux were also in competition and Britain's Kerri Brylka and Katie Henderson, vaulting on Captain Jack lunged by John Eccles, finished in 7th place whilst Henry Johnston- Smith and Aimee Gillie, vaulting on Jays Fortitude lunged by Rebecca Hewit, finished in 9th place.

In the Individual free tests both male vaulters gave strong performances with Atholl finishing round 1 in 10th place and Jack in 16th.  Unfortunately for Jack only the top 15 progressed to the 2nd round.  Kerri, Araminta and Mhairi also performed well with Kerri finishing the round in 15th place, Mhairi in 24th and Araminta in 25th.

Two of Britain's individuals made it through compulsories final round. Kerri finished in 15th position with Atholl in 11th. 

The Junior Squad freestyles followed and much to everyone’s delight, the squad went up to 4th, their highest ever finish at a FEI Junior Vaulting European Championships.

On the final day Kerri and Katie took inspiration from the squad’s performance and managed to move up to 4th place (7.289) in the pas de deux.  Henry and Aimee also improved on their previous performance and retained 9th position (6.089).  Captain Jack achieved the highest average horse score in the competition.

The individual freestyle round completed the Championships.  Atholl finished in 11th place (7.151), the highest placed GBR individual with Kerri finishing in 13th place (7.252), the highest average scoring GBR individual. Captain Jack again achieved the highest average horse score in the competition.