HERNING, Denmark--Kimberly “Kimmy” Palmer of Half Moon Bay, Calif., topped the standings again for the U.S. Vaulting Team on Sunday, Aug.7 in the FEI Individual Female Technical Test, earning a personal best score of 8.329, to hold sixth place overall with a combined score of 8.129 heading into the final day of competition.
Teammate Tessa Divita scored 7.724., with an overall two-test score of 7.782, to hold 10th place, while Emily Rose of Santa Cruz, Calif., received 6.495, for an overall score of 7.003.
Palmer vaulted on Rosenstolz 99, lunged by Laura Carnabuci and will compete in freestyle tomorrow as she hopes to earn a spot on the podium at the conclusion of competition.
“My horse was perfect," said Palmer. "I couldn’t have asked for him to be better. He was really great for me. I’ve been focusing on making the test more of a freestyle than a technical and just doing run through after run through to make sure that everything is really smooth and in time. I’m excited for the freestyle because it’s just so me, and who I am, and I want to be able to show that off.”
The two male competitors for team also competed in Technical Tests , with Daniel Janes of Moss Valley, Calif. on Christmas PS Z, lunged by Nienke de Wolff, earning a 6.890, for a two-round average of 7.135 for 16th place.
Jace Brooks of Eagle Mountain, Utah had an unfortunately rough dismount aboard Dwight, lunged by Maurits de Vries, to earn a 3.949 and giving him a score of 5.488 for 17th place overall.
The U.S. Vaulting Pas-de-Deux Team of Todd Griffiths of Eagle Mountain, Utah and Calle Davis of Spanish Fork, Utah made their first appearance, earning a 6.587 from the judging panel.
The pair vaulted on Lighting Jack 12, lunged by Thordis Thoroe, to place seventh overall after the first day of competition.
The first day of medals in vaulting will be awarded tomorrow for the Individual Female, Individual Male, and Individual Squad divisions.