What is Vaulting??
Vaulting is an equestrian sport and is most
easily described as gymnastics performed on a moving
horse going on a circle line, in full harmony.
At the start vaulting is a team sport, later on
individual vaulting becomes more interesting, however it
can also be done in a pair.
A competition vaulting team is composed of six
vaulters, one lunger and one horse. The horse canters on
the left hand around a circle of a minimum diameter of 15
m. At individual vaulting the vaulter, the lunger and the
horse are one unit. Vaulters can compete at Junior (18
and under) or Senior (any age) level.
Both the individuals and the Team vaulters have to show
two parts in a competition: the compulsory test and
the free test. Senior Individual vaulters also
have to show the technical test when they get to
3* level. In the Pas de Deux (Pairs) competition there is
only two rounds of Free test.
At Championships (World or Continental) separate
competitions for men only and for women only must be
organised. In the team vaulting competition, male and
female vaulters may compete together.
The social aspects of the sport are, especially for
youngsters, of very big importance. Team Vaulting
combines, in a near perfect fashion, the feeling of
togetherness (everybody has to rely on the other and on
the horse, a strong individuality is not possible),
willpower (a weak performance affects the whole group),
and a healthy ambition to be better then other groups,
without having the possibility to compensate for its own
weakness by being rude or aggressive to the opponents.
In Britain we have four different
levels of competition from Pre-novice (for beginners) to
Advanced. Competitions take place in walk or canter
depending on a vaulters experience and confidence level.
There are also fun classes for everyone to enjoy.
For more information on Vaulting visit www.fei.org