Chilliwack’s Heritage Park hosts Canada Cup vaulters

Acrobats on horseback compete in the big red barn at the 2017 Canada Cup competition.

This year’s only international equestrian vaulting competition held on Canadian soil takes place May 26-28 at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park.

More than 100 elite level vaulters from seven countries will compete in the 2017 Canada Cup, which is a qualifying competition for both the 2017 World Junior Vaulting Championships and the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

There is no admission charge for spectators.

Vaulting is a sport that combines acrobatics with horseback riding.

Chilliwack’s local club is Freedom Acrobatics and they’re joining forces with Langley’s Fusion Vaulters in the squad competition. Squad vaulting is when six athletes work together to present a four minute routine, with up to three on the horse at the same time.

Members of the Freedom/Fusion unit are Jenn Sedler, Chelsea Wensley, Jessica Church, Samantha Kennedy, Railey Bird and Ave Bergener with Aleasha Meloshinsky in reserve.

Bird is also competing individually in the children’s division.