Read more about the development of Pegasus Vaulting Club in Malawi
We began vaulting with little Maimie...
... and progressed to Ginger who helped us train...
Three children participated in this event, Acacia Paul, Chanda Graf and Kate McGowan and we came 5th. Considering that this was our first competition ever we were very proud to be part of such a fun weekend, which was extremely well organised by Barbie Gertenbach and her amazing family. We made lots of new friends from other African countries; two teams from Soweto, two teams from Johannesburg, two teams from Swaziland, and a team from Mauritius.
Ginger has been trained as a vaulting pony but mainly works at the walk, which is fine for E Grade. However, as you can see some of us are getting too big for her so we had to make a plan……………
After the Inter Africa Cup in April, Barbie found us a bigger horse. He stayed at Riba stables where, with the help of Agata Pekala and Bettina Daeppen of Switzerland together with the Riba and Soweto vaulters, he was trained to be a vaulting horse for Malawi.
On 30th August 2007 Dekador left Johannesburg with Kevin Connolly’s assistant Aiden, who took care of him on the flight to Chileka airport in Malawi, where he was met by the Pegasus vaulters. He was swiftly cleared through customs with the help of DHL engaged by Barry Brown of Skyband who sponsored the clearing, and loaded onto our horsebox to go to his new home at Thondwe. He has settled in very well and has made lots of new friends.
On 31st August 2007 we were visited by Holger Janssen who is State Head Coach for the vaulters in Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany. He had read an article in Aktueller Voltigierzirkel Magazin, which had been written by Bettina Daeppen! He e-mailed to ask if when he came to Malawi he might visit us and help us with our vaulting. How lucky could we be? Vaulters are special people!! Holger is currently doing his internship at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre. He came and stayed on the farm for the weekend and we worked together and had lots of fun lessons with him - he learnt some new Chichewa words and the children some new English and German words. At the end of the weekend some of Holger’s fellow students came out to the farm and we put on a show, which we dedicated to him. The students and the children’s parents and grandparents all enjoyed the show.
Holger has helped us in Malawi tremendously and has given us a lot to work on. We would like to extend out thanks to him for his friendship and the bond that we have built through vaulting. We would also like to thank him and Voltigierdvd.de for the many vaulting videos that they have donated to help us improve the sport here in Malawi.
The next phase
If you would like to sponsor our club or a child within the club, or help in any way at all to promote this wonderful sport in Malawi, please contact KAREN McGOWAN at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on +265 999 918726.
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