Articles: Press Release
F.A.M.E. Vaulters Wow the Crowd with Hot Win in Munich Last Weekend,
Winning First Team Competition at a CVI
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2006
Lexington, KY - The U.S. Vaulting Team that will travel to Aachen in a
few weeks for the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games secured a more than
impressive win in Munich, Germany, last weekend, beating out the
European competition, to the surprise of many. In an arena where one
could have heard a pin drop when the crowd went silent for the
Americans, F.A.M.E. became the first U.S. vaulting team to win at a CVI,
with a score of 7.761.
The CVI** Munich was held July 20-23 with 16 nations competing in
individual and/or team competition. This solid win was a huge boost for
the F.A.M.E. vaulters who will face equally tough, if not tougher,
competition in a few weeks in Aachen. However, not only did F.A.M.E.
win the first U.S. team competition at a CVI, they also beat out the
current world champion team, VV Engelsberg 1, in all three phases. VV
Engelsberg 1 is a German club made up of over 400 vaulters. The F.A.M.E.
team received high accolades for their creative and challenging
freestyle which continues to evolve and improve. The horse that helped
F.A.M.E. to their win was 18.2-hand Grand Gaudino, lounged and owned by
Dr. Silke Bartel.
The F.A.M.E. team is a composite team from Northern and Southern
California and New Jersey. The team members are as follows (in
alphabetical order by last name):
- Megan Benjamin, 18, from Saratoga, CA;
- Blake Dahlgren, 22, from Sun Valley, CA;
- Elizabeth Ioannou, 10, from Saratoga, CA;
- Devon Maitozo, 30, from Simi Valley, CA;
- Katie Ritchie, 19, from Santa Cruz, CA;
- Rosalind Ross, 15, from Woodside, CA; and
- Annalise Vanvranken, 14, from Mays Landing, NJ.
Benjamin, who is the only U.S. vaulter who will compete in Aachen as
part of the team and as an individual, had an especially successful run
in Munich, finishing second overall in the women's competition with a
final score of 7.902. American vaulter Shannyn Poer won the Small Final
finishing 19th overall.
The other U.S. team, Woodside Vaulters, finished fifth overall with a
final score of 6.652.
For more information, please contact Jeannie Blancq Putney, National
Marketing Manager at (859) 225-6974 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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