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Welcome Vaulting Alumni! We at the AVA hope you're enjoying a "blast from the past" with some of our historical photos and listings/photos of national champions, as well as Teams of the Year and Horse of the Year award winners.

We're well on our way to building a fun and informational Alumni Members-only section, which may be accessed only by AVA Alumni Members. This members-only section will feature many, many more alumni photos and historical video footage, as well as information (when known) on alumni members, by club, so you can get in touch with your long-lost vaulting friends!

If you'd like to be an Alumni-supporter, you can join the AVA and become an American Vaulting Fan by going to the Join Us page!

In addition, if you have information on the whereabouts of other former AVA vaulters, or have historical photos/video or other legacy information that we may briefly borrow, please tell our webmaster the good news!

Of course, what we would really, really (did we say really?) love is for you to start your own vaulting club, and/or to become active in the AVA again as a volunteer. Interested? We'll tell you everything you need to know to start your own vaulting club or get involved in AVA through its many volunteer opportunities.

Check out the alumni photo gallery below! Click on any image to enlarge it.

Monte Vista Reunion at Nationals 2008: Rebecca (Kirchner) Balke, Patti Skipton, Danielle Skipton, Jacqui Skipton, Ross Douglas, Janet Isle, Kelly (Rowney) Rummill, Kerri Thwing, and Clinton Skipton. Not pictured: Samantha Ross.
Photo: courtesy Patti Skipton
2000 A Team National Champions F.A.C.E. Vaulters compete in Livermore, Calif.
Monte Vista Alumni Samantha Ross & Matthias at Nationals 2008. Samantha was on the 1994 World Team & placed 5th at Worlds Individually that same year.
Photo: courtesy Patti Skipton
Timberline's 1974 Trot Team on Duke.
Photo: AVA Archives

Sydney Stang, Sundance Vaulters, 1981 National Gold Women's Champion.
Photo: AVA Archives

Team Kennolyn on Pipsqueak in 1969, longed by AVA founder Elizabeth Searle.
Photo: AVA Archives

The first "book stand" on Pipsqueak, Liz Searle's first horse.
Photo: AVA Archives

Mt. Eden Vaulting Club's 1982 National Championship A Team. Mike Sisul and Emma Drinker base Shannon Wilcox on Alto, in the double deadman. Jan Garrod longes.
Photo: AVA Archives

Hidden Hills Vaulters Steve Sullivan basing Erika Greene on Tom in 1981.
Photo: AVA Archives

Mt. Eden's Mike Sisul, Shannon Wilcox and Ellen Markowski on Alto, circa 1981.
Photo: AVA Archives

Shoreline Vaulters, 1982.
Photo: AVA Archives

Timberline demo in 1973, with Nancy Stevens longeing Naarah.
Photo: AVA Archives

30-year members of the AVA were honored at the AVA Gala Event, 2004: Nancy Stevens-Brown, Naomi Takemoto, Adrienne Stang, Elizabeth Searle, Joyce Gussenhoven, Hope Scherf, Jeff Moore and Jane Garrod.
Photo: Patti Reschar

1986 National Champion Sonia Hansen, Rainbow Vaulters, on Regenbogen.
Photo: AVA Archives
Kim Gussenhoven, Leprechaun Vaulters, performs a back handspring, circa 1977.
Photo: AVA Archives

Joyce Gussenhoven longes for her Leprechaun Vaulters at Bolado Park in the '80s.
Photo: AVA Archives

2004 National Gold Women's Champion Megan Benjamin on Leonardo at the Vaulting World Championships 2004.
Photo: Bartwig Family
Hidden Hills Vaulter John Hutchings on Tom in 1971, longed by Brian Sabo.
Photo: AVA Archives

"Carmichael doing a flag."
Photo: AVA Archives

Peter Frola, Woodside Vaulters, performing his Gold Freestyle in 1999.
Photo: Eric Jewett
Unidentified 3-Phase Team, Nationals 1977, Bolado Park.
Photo: AVA Archives

Nationals Awards Ceremony, 1976, in Malibu California.
Photo: AVA Archives.

Two-Time National Gold Men's Champion Erik Martonovich.
Photo: Eric Jewett