Averill Saunders of Sundre, AB, claimed a silver medal at the FEI Vaulting World Championships for Young Vaulters & Juniors held July 26-30, 2023 in Flyinge, SWE. The medal, which she won in the Individual Female Young Vaulter division marks the first time a Canadian has been on the vaulting podium in World Championship competition. Also appearing for Canada in round one of the Individual Female Young Vaulter division was Megan Leeper, 20, of Strathmore, AB. Leeper finished with a final score of 6.997 for 16th place partnered with Don Zeno (Zofe x Zeus) a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding lunged by Nicole Voithofer.
In the Individual Male Junior division, Daniel Klotz-Dedora, 16, of Cochrane, AB, produced a top-10 finish for the maple leaf. Performing with Zorro, a 10-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned and lunged by Angelique Vick, he secured 9th place on a final score of 7.584.
In the Pas de Deux Junior division, twins Selina Kromer-Anton, 16 and Julia Kromer-Anton, 16, of Nelson, BC, produced another top-10 finish for the maple leaf. Performing with the German Flying Dutchman, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding lunged by Larissa Bleidistel, finished in 7th place on a final score of 7.086.
The Canadian Junior Squad of Katherine Van den Bosch, 14; Jaydee Fluet, 16; Lynda Van Noordenburg, 16; Daniel Klotz-Dedora, 16; Emma Sparrow, 11; and Emily Consaul, 17 – all from Alberta, partnered with Canadian Sport Horse Zorro and lunged by Angelique Vick, put on a great showing across three tests and finished in 6th place on a final score of 6.805.
In the Junior Individual Female division, Canada was also represented by strong performances from Ryan Bracken, 17 from Caroline, AB, Lynda Van Noordenburg, 17 from Didsbury, AB and Jaydee Fluet, 16 of Sundre, AB
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