Inouye Places Fourth in European Vaulting Championships
Alto, CAAugust 13, 2003Mari Inouye of Palo Alto, CA
placed fourth in the Female Individual Finals at the European Vaulting
Championships in Saumur, France.
competed on Scarletto Sun, a 14-year-old Trakehner gelding owned
by Phoebe Hearst Cooke of Woodside, CA. Inouyes coach, Martin
Vavacek, served as her longeur. The only U.S. vaulter in the competition,
Inouye received an impressive score of 8.307.
this year, Inouye, the 2001 American Vaulting Association (AVA)
Womens National Champion, won the womens division at
the CVI** in Nitra, Slovakia, where Scarletto Sun won the competitions
best horse award.
is a fabulous finish for an American vaulter against the best that
Europe has to offer, said U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Chairman
of the Board Frank Lloyd. With World Championships coming
up in 2004, this performance gives us lots of reason for optimism.