Horses and Woodside go together like a hand and glove so we want to give a shout out to the Vaulting teams from Woodside and Portola Valley that are sending their winning riders and horses to compete at the International Federation for Equestrian Sports World Equestrian Games. The games are being held between September 11–23 near the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. More than 1,300 riders and horses in eight disciplines are participating.
The World Equestrian Games (WEG) are held every four years between summer Olympics, and feature elite competitions in eight equestrian disciplines governed by the Fédération Équestre Internationale: jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining.
Equestrian vaulting is described as gymnastics and dance on horseback.
The Pacific Coast Vaulting in Woodside is sending three teams Competitors are Kristian Roberts, Margaret Long, Emily Rose-Steffens, Audrey Kiernan, Haley Smith, and Daniel Janes competing. Woodside Vaulters in Woodside sending Elizabeth Osborn and Krista Mack and Portola Valley Vaulting sending Tessa and Julie Divita.
There is concern that hurricane Florence may interrupt the games. We hope sure not.
We love hearing about all things equine and especially when it also involves Woodside, and this accomplishment makes us all proud..
Congratulations to all these great Woodside and Portola Valley athletes!
Florence is threatening much of the east coast and most particularly North Carolina where local vaulters will be competing. As we write this, the games plan to go on. You can check for weather impacts here.
At a press conference on Tuesday, the FEI World Equestrian Games explained the contingency plan in the event of severe weather conditions sheltering plans for personnel and horses are in place. There are 1,288 permanent stalls onsite and all barns are built in conformance with the International Building Code to withstand winds up to 90mph (144kph), so the horses are in the safest place e on-site. It became a refuge for horses from five states ahead of Hurricane Irma in August/September of last year.
The National Weather Service currently forecasts the hurricane to stay to the east of the competition venue. Hurricane Florence Is now expected to make landfall near the North and South Carolina coastal border on Friday evening. The projected weather pattern for the venue will be heavy rain on Sunday evening into Monday and possibly Tuesday, with winds peaking on Sunday evening at 30mph with gusts of up to 40mph.