Behind The Scenes At Cavalia, continued.... by Elizabeth
TO CENTER STAGE....
of the big differences Eric Martonovich has encountered
while touring with CAVALIA from his prior experiences as an
international vaulting competitor, was perhaps the least
anticipated. "Except for something around Halloween, I
never had to do any makeup," laughs Martonovich, a
two-time national vaulting champion, who competed at the
World Equestrian Games in Italy and Spain in 1998 and 2002.
makeup aside, Martonovich notes more subtle contrasts.
"There¹s a lot more freedom. It¹s gratifying to have
a crowd really respond to you in the show. In a competition,
it¹s not quite the same," adds the 6 ft. 1 in.
Martonovich, who performs individually and also in a pas de
deux in CAVALIA with his long-time vaulting competition
partner Alethea Shelton, who also joined the show. (Both
were previously living in Colorado.) The duo¹s well-honed
finesse aboard a cantering Belgian is reminiscent of top
my favorite part of the show is getting to work with all the
people and really expand my abilities. It really brought a
lot of the best together," says the well-toned vaulter,
who got his first pony at age three and soon demonstrated a
penchant for leaping off and back onto its back.
A member of
the American Vaulting Association, Martonovich previously
performed at events such as Equitana, Equine Affaire, and
Denver¹s National Western Stock Show and Rodeo. However,
life for this now CAVALIA cast member continues to bring a
whole new realm of experiences. "The other day a girl
ran up to me during the finale and gave me two dozen
roses," describes Martonovich. "That was pretty
different. I don¹t think that ever happened to me
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