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The following AVA members are available to provide equestrian vaulting clinics. Click on your region for a list of available clinicians. The AVA does not certify clinicians; please contact these individuals directly to get more information on their expertise, availability and fees.


International
List of States for Each Region





Carolyn Bland
818-497-2947, Whimby4@aol.com
Moorpark, CA

35 years experience as sport horse trainer, specializing in dressage. Trained and longed some of America's top vaulting horses. Manager and co-coach of FACE Vaulting Club.

Willing to travel: USA

Preference: Bronze, silver, gold and international level vaulters; team compulsories and freestyle

Equine expertise: Selection of vaulting horse, training, longing, grooming for competition, horse score

Organizational development: Insurance issues, barn management, marketing and public relations, club organization

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Rick Hawthorne
818-302-0153, vvvrick@comcast.net
Lake View Terrace, CA

Co-founder of the largest club in America that works with vaulters of all ages and abilities. 25 years of coaching all levels of vaulters in compulsories, freestyle and team. Three national championship teams, 2-phase team champion, many, many individual national champions over the years.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Tiny tots, trot, bronze, silver, gold and university level vaulters; therapeutic with physical/cognitive disabilities, behavioral problems and at-risk youth; team compulsories and freestyle

Equine expertise: Selection of vaulting horse, training, longing, grooming for competition

Organizational development: Barn management

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Virginia Hawthorne
818-302-0153, vvvvirginia@comcast.net
Lake View Terrace, CA

Co-founder of the largest club in America that works with vaulters of all ages and abilities. 23 years of working with all levels of vaulters. Have longed and managed our club since the beginning, and I coach when necessary. I work with parents and vaulters, taking care of questions and problems. I run the office, put on competitions each year, do all the advertising, put out a vaulting calendar each year, put on many activities such as fundraisers, banquets, etc.

Willing to travel: Anywhere with Rick

Preference: Tiny tots, trot and lower level canter; therapeutic with physical/cognitive disabilities, behavioral problems and at risk youth; team compulsories

Equine expertise: Longing, grooming for competition

Organizational development: Insurance issues, barn management, marketing and public relations, club organization

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Devon Maitozo
818-429-2115, devomai@yahoo.com
Simi Valley, CA

23 years vaulting including four world championship medals (one gold, three bronze), 14 years coaching with my own club since 2000 (three national championship A-teams, two competed in World Championships). Given dozens of clinics in Europe (including Germany, Italy, Scotland, Denmark, and Sweden), Australia and both U.S. coasts. Extensive team vaulting and coaching experience, specializing in freestyle work using my dance, theater, and performance background. Best at preparing individuals and teams for a higher level of competition.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Silver & gold level, international level, team, freestyle, compulsories

Equine expertise: Selection of vaulting horse, training, longing, grooming for competition

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John Alongi
831-462-1135, jaalongi@cs.com
Soquel, CA

Vaulted for 17 years, internationally for eight years, coached for five years. I have been involved in the AVA Judges program for five years, a clinician for nine years.

Willing to travel: USA

Preference: Silver, gold, international level, team compulsories

Judging: Compulsories, freestyle, horse score

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Katarina Alongi
831-462-1135, katariinaka@cs.com
Soquel, CA

Graduated from the Finnish Sports Institute in 1994 with a BA in sports science (major in coaching, minor in education). Have been involved in vaulting since 1980, first as an international competitor representing Finland and then as a coach. Coached the Finnish National Vaulting Team for 10 years, which competed in several CVIs, World and European Championships (sixth place at European Championships in 1993, seventh at World Equestrian Games 1994). Representative of vaulting at the Finnish Equestrian Federation promoting the sport, conducting coaches' and judges' training, holding clinics all over the country and whatever else it took to "spread the word." In the US I started with clinics in 1994, was coached Sundance Vaulters 1999-2000, became coach of Coast Line Vaulters in 2000.

Willing to travel: USA

Preference: Lower level canter, silver, gold, international and university level vaulters; team compulsories and freestyle

Equine expertise: Selection of vaulting horses, training, longing, grooming for competition

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Jessica Ballenger
831-479-8707, balvaulter@aol.com
Santa Cruz, CA

Vaulted for 14 years, hold a gold medal, earned the bronze medal for team at the 1998 World Equestrian Games, and was the 2000 AVA Silver Women's National Champion. Coached Woodside's trot program for more than two years, have coached all levels since 1994 (from recreational to competitive), and coached Mt. Eden's A-Team with Emma Drinker for 2002, 2003.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Tiny tots, trot, lower level canter, silver, gold, international and university level vaulters; team compulsories and freestyle

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Isabelle Bibbler-Parker
650-289-9951, ibibbler2004@kellogg.northwestern.edu
Menlo Park, CA

AVA gold medalist who competed internationally for five years. Taken team and/or individuals to 1996, 1998, 2002 World Championships. Brought home the bronze medal for team from WEG 1998. Coached four National Champion A-teams. Achieved International level 3 Trainers certification and have served as clinician at USET Training Camps. Co-authored Vaulting Training for Coaches.

Willing to travel: USA

Preference: Tiny tots, trot, lower level canter, silver, gold, international and university level vaulters; therapeutic; at-risk youth; team compulsories and freestyle

Organizational development: Marketing & public relations, club organization

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Kitchy Burdette
831-475-8679, KitchyK@aol.com
Soquel, CA

Coach, longeur, parent, AVA board member, fest chairman, awards for fest, chairman, international travel and hosting, clinics all over country, judging both formally and informally, credentialed teacher for 32 years, coached national champion teams and individuals.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Tiny tots, trot, lower level canter; therapeutic: at-risk youth; team compulsories and freestyle

Judging: Compulsories, freestyle, horse score

Organizational development: Club organization

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Emma Drinker
408-868-9476, emmadrinker@sbcglobal.net
Saratoga, CA

Coach, longeur of Mt. Eden Vaulters, AVA Gold medalist. Have coached many national championship winners—both teams (A, B and C) and individuals (gold, silver and bronze), as well as individual Vaulting World Championship medalists. Co-authored Vaulting Training for Coaches.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Trot, lower level canter, silver, gold, international level vaulters; team compulsories and freestyle

Equine expertise: Selection of vaulting horse, training. longing, grooming for competition

Judging: Compulsories, freestyle, horse score

Organizational development: Club organization

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Adrienne Stang
408-867-0184, a-stang@sbcglobal.net
Saratoga, CA

Founded Sundance Vaulters in 1978 and coached until 1986. The club consisted of 120 vaulters, which included 60 emotionally handicapped vaulters. Have directed clinics at all levels of canter and trot since 1974. Have officiated at nearly every AVA National Championship since the 1980s; am an FEI official judge, USEF and AVA "R" judge. Have judged the World Championships four times, as well as many European Championships and CVI**/CVI* competitions. Was involved in training eight vaulting horses for Sundance including my own horse.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Trot, lower level canter, silver and gold level, international level, university level, team freestyle, compulsories

Equine expertise: Vaulting horse selection

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Nancy Stevens-Brown
831-476-5901, ncnature@pacbell.net
Soquel, CA

Gold medalist with more than thirty years experience at all levels. Coached countless teams and individuals to national titles from 1974 to 1992, including seven AVA A Team Championships. Coached the 1990 World Equestrian Games bronze medal team. Coached more AVA gold medal vaulters than any other American. Winner of the Osierlea Award twice.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Team freestyle and individual freestyle, but I work with all levels, and all topics

Equine expertise: Selection of vaulting horse, training, longing, grooming for competition

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Judy Baloghy
206-780-8184, csufi@hotmail.com
Bainbridge Island, WA

12 years of vaulting on international and national level. 18 years of coaching from tiny tots to international/gold level. Trained many vaulting and dressage horses.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Lower level canter and university level vaulters; team compulsories and freestyle

Equine expertise: Selection of vaulting horse, training, longing, grooming for competition

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Suzanne Detol
503-357-9651, sdetol@aol.com
Cornelius, OR

FEI O vaulting judge; national judge for 15 years. Coach of a new club, former coach, former vaulter

Preference: Lower level canter, silver, gold, international, university level vaulters; team compulsories

Equine expertise: Training, longing

Judging: Compulsories, freestyle, horse score

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Erik Martonovich
303-227-0356, Bighorsepro@aol.com
Golden, CO

Coach of the Golden Gate Vaulters, two-time Gold Men�s National Champion, two-time Pas de Deux National Champion, competed 1998 WEG, Rome; 2002 WEG, Spain; 2000 World Vaulting Championships, Germany.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Lower level canter, silver, gold, international, university level vaulters; therapeutic: behavioral problems, at-risk youth

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Anna Schulte
505-289-2890, anna@walkingstick.org
Cuba, NM

Gold medalist, coach of Ponderosa Vaulters, assistant coach of Free Spirit Farms Vaulters, trained in yoga, gymnastics, dressage, trick riding, dance, fire dancing; performed vaulting in Fort Worth, Denver, Albuquerque, Wichita, Golden, Fort Lupton.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Trot, lower level canter, university level vaulters; therapeutic: at-risk youth; team compulsories and freestyle

Equine expertise: Selection of vaulting horse, training

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Adele Dawley
802-875-1959, frequentflyers@rcn.com
Weston, VT

Coach of UConn Vaulting Team since 1999, AVA silver medalist, vaulter from 1990-1996, involved in vaulting since 1990.

Willing to travel: Within the eastern states

Preference: Tiny tots, trot, lower level canter, university level vaulters; team compulsories and freestyle

Equine expertise: Selection of vaulting horse, training, longing

Organizational development: Club organization, establishing new teams and/or recreational programs (4-H, YMCA, camps, etc.), establishing university/college programs

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Carol Land
704-843-4306, shearose@mindspring.com
Waxhaw, NC 28173

Coach of Shea Rose Vaulters for 12 years, clinic instructor with CHA for 20 years, riding instructor for 35 years, horse management judge for USPC, NATRC competitor.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Tiny tots, trot, lower level canter vaulters; team compulsories and freestyle

Equine expertise: Training, longing

Organizational development: Barn management, club organization

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Kerith Lemon
917-703-3000, kerithlemon@yahoo.com
New York, NY

AVA gold medalist, nine-time AVA Gold Women's National Champion, five-time world medalist (three silver, one bronze individual and one team bronze).

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Tiny tots, trot, lower level canter, silver, gold, international, university level vaulters; team compulsories and freestyle

Equine expertise: Training, longing

Judging: Compulsories and freestyle

Organizational development: Marketing and public relations, club organization

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Mary McCormick
615-384-4112, mary@silverstarfarm.com
Springfield, TN

1992-1995 vaulted with Tambourine Vaulters (trot team & individual, A-team & bronze individual), 1995-1997 vaulted with Woodside Vaulters (A-team: competed at the WEG in Hungary in 1996, competed at the Open European Championships in Germany in 1997, vaulted individually at the Silver level). Presently vault with and coach the Silver Star Vaulters (won the Silver Women's National Championship in 2002 and coached/vaulted on the 2003 National Championship C-team).

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Tiny tots, trot, lower level canter, silver, gold level vaulters; team compulsories and freestyle

Organizational development: Club organization

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Karen Rach
248-437-3578, klrchk@aol.com
South Lyon, MI

Silver medalist vaulter, horse trainer, riding instructor.

Willing to travel: Within midwest region

Preference: Tiny tots, Trot, lower level canter, university level vaulters; therapeutic: at-risk youth; team compulsories and freestyle

Equine expertise: Selection of vaulting horse, training, longing

Organizational development: Marketing and public relations

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Nina Wiger
47-48129304, voltige@online.no
Finnskog, Norway

Formerly involved with Sundance, California Carousel, Woodside Vaulters and Ojai Valley School as longeur and coach since 1984; horse trainer for vaulting and dressage; Norwegian and former US vaulting judge. Vaulting coach for disabled at all levels. I have a club in Norway of about 30 vaulters up to almost silver level. Instructor and board member in the Norwegian Association Horses and Health.

Willing to travel: Anywhere

Preference: Trot, lower level canter, silver, gold, university level vaulters; theory, lectures, video about the value of vaulting; therapeutic: physical/cognitive disabilities, behavioral problems; team compulsories and freestyle

Equine expertise: Selection of vaulting horse, reining, longing, grooming for competition

Judging: Compulsories, freestyle, horse score

Organizational development: Barn management

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