Vaulters from France, Great Britain, Austria, and Germany all climbed onto the top step of the podium today as the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) vaulting championship came to a thrilling conclusion at the Zenith Arena in Caen, France. The bling and glitter, razzmatazz and showmanship that accompany this equestrian discipline were all very much in evidence as vaulters battled for medals in pas de deux, male, and female Individual, and squad events. But so too was the pure skill of the world’s best vaulting athletes, and the packed stadium of spectators loved every moment of it.

Pumped up with excitement, and applauding each nation’s vaulters in turn, the crowd became so loud that they had to be asked to restrain themselves. But they didn’t hold back when it came to the medal ceremonies, especially when Jacques Ferrari registered the first gold medal of these Games for France when taking the Male Individual title.

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