Meet the Officials
Competitions could not exsist without the hard working Officials. Meet our 2018 Officials.
Suzanne Detol (FEI 4*) USA Suzanne Detol
is a former vaulter and has founded several vaulting clubs — two in the 1980s and more recently 2 in Oregon, DevonWood Vaulting Club and Brookwood Vaulters. She has been a mentor to vaulters, coaches, longeurs and judges for the past 30 years, and in 1998 was named AVA Mentor of the Year.
Suzanne has worn many hats in the AVA—she is a current member of the board of directors, served as general secretary, executive VP, Region II supervisor, Region III supervisor, AVA competition secretary, medal test secretary and technical committee chair.
An AVA judge since 1990, she became an FEI O judge in 2001, and is well respected in the international judging arena. She was a vaulting judge at the 2002 World Equestrian Games and the World Championships in Brno, Czech Republic in 2008. She has served as the US chef d'equip for three World Championships, including the last WEG in Aachen, Germany, 2006. She has also judged dozens of CVI’s throughout the world, as well as the Canadian Provincials and British National Championships. She served as the Chief Judge 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, and has recently been appointed as the President of the Ground Jury for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC.
Alexandre Brooks (FEI 2*) FRA
Lise C Berg (FEI 3*) DEN
Craig Coburn (AVA R, USEF R, FEI 4*) USA
Craig Coburn began his vaulting career in 1972 at the age of nine with Hidden Hills Horseman Vaulters in Southern California. In 1976 he was a member of the Hidden Hills National Championship "A" Team. In 1980 he won the Silver Men's National Championship at Pepperdine University (out-scoring the Gold competitors!), and traveled to Paris, France to win a large international championship at the Salon du Cheval.
After moving to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley, Craig vaulted with Sundance Vaulters and was coached by Adrienne Stang. While at Sundance, Craig coached a number of vaulters with great success.
In 1986, under coach Nancy Stevens-Brown, Craig won his first of three consecutive Gold Men's National Championships. Craig competed in a number of international competitions over the years including the FEI World Vaulting Championships in 1986 and 1988.
Craig's extensive involvement on the "grown-up" side of vaulting began in 1984 when he was elected to the AVA Board of Directors and later became Executive Secretary and a member of the Executive Board while still in college. Craig continues to be an active member of the AVA Board of Directors and holds positions on the following AVA committees including Technical, Ballot, Fest and International. He has been a member of the USEF Vaulting Technical Committee since its inception in 1986 under the umbrella of the AHSA. Craig was the US Chef d'equipe for the CVI Santa Cruz in 1990.
Craig first became a "r" judge in 1995 and then promoted to "R" in 1998. Most recently Craig was promoted to an FEI judge after finishing his international requirements.
Alia Zagyva, USA National Judge (1* Competition)
Joseph Gadd - EMT