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OUR ATHLETES

 
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ANA SCHULT

Ana Schult has been training in Germany this year on her new horse Qualimero OLD, and they have been selected for the short list for 2022 Senior World Championships which will be held in Denmark. She was also selected for Team USA for CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival. Last year she vaulted as a 3* Senior and Ana was also selected for the short list for the 2021 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary as an individual. Ana won 3* at the 2021. USEF Wintergreen competition and at the USEF/AVA Octoberfest competition in 2020. She also competed at 2021 Le Mans, France CVI making the Top 15 for 3* senior vaulters. Ana was the top placing USA Junior Vaulter at the 2017 Junior World Championships in France with a Top 10 finish. She is currently training in Germany.

Ana also rides show jumpers and enjoys riding her vaulting horse partners too!

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EMMA MILITO

Emma is vaulting this year in the Young Vaulter/Gold category.  She won both 2022 Pacific Cup CVI and 2022 Rocky Mountain Cup CVI on two different horses! Last year she vaulted as a Junior 2* Individual and squad member in 2021 and was on the 2021 World Championship Silver Medalist Junior Squad. She was also the alternate junior female selected for the 2021 World Championships. Her accomplishments include: 2021 Flyinge Sweden CVI 2nd place in Round 1 and 4th overall in the internationally competitive Junior 2* class. She also was 2nd at 2021 Rocky Mountain Cup CVI Junior 2* class. Emma was a squad member earning the 2019 Bronze Medal from World Championships for Juniors in Ermelo, Netherlands. She also won the 2019 AVA National Gold high-point award.

“What I love about vaulting is community – I feel connected to friends all over the country and around the world. And I love the horses!”

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MELANIE FORD

Melanie is currently vaulting at the Young Vaulter/Gold level, winning the USEF competition in Tyron, NC and was third at Rocky Mountain Cup CVI. She vaulted as an individual Junior 2* vaulter and was on the 2021 Silver Medalist World Champion Junior Squad. Her 2021 accomplishments list is long including being the #1 Ranked Junior Vaulter in the U.S.A., placing 13th at 2021 Junior World Championships in Le Mans, France.  Melanie was also 7th place at the 2021 Flyinge, Sweden CVI in the competitive Junior 2* class, and won Jr 2* at 2021 Rocky Mountain Cup CVI. Melanie won the 2020 National AVA virtual Silver Class Championship. She was also one of the members of the 2019 Bronze Medal wining Junior Worlds Squad.

“Vaulting is a sport where you push the limits of what’s possible. No matter how many times you hit the ground, you can then defy all odds.”

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RHIANON HAMPTON

Rhianon is still a junior aged vaulter, but has chosen to move into the Young Vaulter/Gold level this year to challenge herself with the add modified tech test. She came in second at 2022 Heart of the Rockies in tech test, and third overall at her very first competition ever at YV/Gold level! Last year, she was a member of the silver medalist 2021 Junior Squad at the FEI Junior World Championships in Le Mans, France. She was on the short list for Junior Individual 2* Females for the world championships, and won 3rd at Rocky Mountain Cup CVI and 9th at Flyinge, Sweden CVI in those competitive Junior 2* classes. She has also been a top Pas de Deux vaulter winning the 2019 Utah Rocky Mountain Cup CVI. She also won Children's 2* at Pacific Cup in 2019. Rhianon was a member of the 2019 Junior World Championship Bronze Medalist Team.

“I love team vaulting because the bonds developed with your teammates are unlike any other sport… they are literally there to catch you when you fall!

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AUGUSTA ROSE LEWIS

Augusta Rose has been riding more this year as she finished her senior year in high school. This fall she will be attending CSU Ft Collins in the equine sciences B.S. program.  Last year she vaulted as a Jr 2* Individual and on the Junior Squad.  She was a member of the silver medalist 2021 Junior Squad at the FEI Junior World Championships in Le Mans, France. She was on the long list for Junior Individual 2* Females for the world championships, and won 5th at Rocky Mountain Cup CVI and 16th at Flyinge, Sweden CVI in those competitive Junior 2* classes. Augusta was the alternate on the 2019 Jr Worlds Bronze winning squad, and was on the 2018 National Champion B Team.

“Vaulting has given me friendships that will last a lifetime, as well as the most special bonds with horses.”

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SYDNEY SCHIMACK

Sydney is moving into her Junior year at United States Military Academy at West Point. She was the USEF Vaulter of the Year in 2019, #1 Junior Vaulter in the U.S., Top 10 individual female at 2019 Junior World Championships in Ermelo, Netherlands, as well as being a member of the Team USA Jr Squad at World Championships winning the Bronze Medal.  Sydney vaults as a senior 3* when she has time.

“I love being a part of such an amazing group of colleagues and fantastic coaches. We learn to trust each other, to
support each other, and to push each other to our limits.”

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THE JUNIOR SQUAD 2021

Our 2021 Junior Squad was selected as Team USA at the Junior World Championships, winning the Silver Medal. The team included Melanie, Rhianon, Augusta Rose and Emma from Ascent plus Giana Massaro from California and Bryleigh Thornton from Tall City Vaulters, in Colorado. Alternates included Lilly Belinski, Golden Gate Vaulters, Nevada, and Nicolette Masitti, Tall City Vaulters, CO.

"Working on squad is the greatest feeling. Knowing that we are there to support one another makes vaulting a true joy."

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MOIRA HAMPTON

Moira was a member of the 2019 Bronze medalist Junior Squad at the FEI Junior World Championships. She now coaches Tiny Tots and novice vaulters for Tall City Vaulters while working on her Early Childhood Education degree. She vaults recreationally, and is helping to train the next generation of world champions.

"Vaulting brings me joy when I see the smiles of new vaulters learning the love of this sport as well."