The Byron Bay Vaulting Team have returned from the Queensland State Vaulting Championships with a number of accolades. Photo Contributed
The Byron Bay Vaulting Team have returned from the Queensland State Vaulting Championships with a number of accolades. Photo Contributed Contributed

Byron Bay Vaulting Team return from QLD on a high

THE Byron Bay Vaulting Team has returned from a weekend at the Queensland State Vaulting Championships in Guanaba, Queensland, with teammember and coach Jerri Dixon stealing the title for State Champion.

They also placed first for pas de deux on horse with Maleka Mitchell and Gabrielle Orrock, pre-novice horse with Nicola Barlow and pas de deux open barrel with Nicola and Rachel Barlow.

The team also received second and third place for: Preliminary individual with Rachael Barlow and Maleka Mitchell; Intermediate individual with Melissa Stone; Pas de deux barrel with Mali Chapman and Maleka Mitchell; and third place for pre-novice Mali Chapman; Preliminary individual with Maleka Mitchell, and preliminary individual <10yo class with Gabrielle Orrock.

Best described as 'gymnastics and dancing on horseback', horse vaulting goes back 2,000 years to Roman times.

"We're so proud of how well the club went at this year's Queensland State Championships - the girls have grown so much - individually and as a team - in just twelve months," said coach Jerri Dixon.

"We will all be working hard towards the National Championships to be held at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre in Caboolture on 24th - 27th September - which this year will coincide with CVI Brisbane, an international level competition where National Equestrian Federations from around the world will be invited to enter their top athletes."

The CVI competitions are run in accordance with Federation Equestrian International guidelines and attract top level vaulters from around the world aiming to qualify for the World Equestrian Games and World Vaulting Championships each year.

The National Championships and the CVI competition will be held at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre in Caboolture September 23 to 27.



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