Artists Raise Funds For Vaulters

More than 30 artists have contributed works to send a team of young Kāpiti women to the Junior World Vaulting Championships in The Netherlands.

The artworks will be on show for sale at the Raumati South Community Hall, Tennis Court Rd, from  Friday, March 1st to Sunday 3rd March , with an opening night this Friday.

‘Pit-fired horse,’ by Storm Davenport
Gymnastics on a moving horse
Vaulting is best described as gymnastics on a moving horse, and requires agility, courage, perseverance and grace.
“A team of strong girls and their coaches get up at the crack of dawn to go and train so that they have the physical and mental power to lift each other over their own heads in beautiful gymnastic formations on a running horse”, says organiser Harriet Bright.
“When they get to the World Championships, they want to place on the podium. They are determined!”
The Kapiti Equestrian and Vaulting Centre has had previous international success. In 2014 they took a team to the FEI World Equestrian Games where they placed 9th in the world. This was in front of a crowd of thousands and was broadcast to many more.
“Their placing was not expected and caused a fuss when the world realised that New Zealand was a force to be reckoned with in the vaulting arena,” says Ms Bright.
Lovely art works on show
As well as raising funds, the exhibition will show some of the best work being produced in the region.
Harriet Bright says the team is not funded or sponsored by anyone. Yet, as well as all the training they do, they will need to do their own fundraising. The cost is substantial, including flights, entry fees, horse hire, costumes, trainers, accommodation and food.
“We want to help these Kiwis achieve their dream to represent New Zealand on the world stage,” says Harriet.
Opening by Sir John Trimmer
The show is called ‘Vault’, with an opening on Friday 1st March at 6 pm. Sir Jon Trimmer will open the show.
Images: ‘Sunrise,’ by Micheline (left),  and ‘Pit-fired horse’ by Storm Davenport (above right).
Photo credit for vaulting photos : Valerie Tasker
Contact Harriet Bright 0272814040
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