Our family friendly sport is currently enjoyed by students of all ages and abilities in 28 countries around the world, and has been a steady feature in riding programs and camps in the US since 1969. It is believed by some that the origins of vaulting can be traced to the ancient Roman games, where acrobats displayed their skills on cantering horses. Renaissance and Middle Ages history include numerous references to vaulting or similar activities. In 1983, vaulting became one of the disciplines recognized by the FEI (Federation Equestrian International). The first World Cup Vaulting competition was held in Leipzig on April 30, 2011.
Vaulting is for all ages. It can be used to help for therapeutic purposes, for recreational fun, and can also be competitive at a regional and national level.
All of our vaulters, no matter their age, have the opportunity to participate in state wide demonstrations, competitions, as well as regional and national level events. Vaulting is the combination of gymnastics and dance on the back of a moving horse. Vaulting is always done in a very controlled environment—in an arena, in a consistent, large circle, in soft footing, with the horse attached to a “lounge” line and controlled by a trainer (called a lounger). The horse, lounger, and vaulter work as a team, with the lounger controlling the horse, and the horse performing at a continuous gait (either walk, trot or canter, depending on the vaulter level). Vaulting can help develop your skills, abilities, confidence, and coordination–along with balance, strength and agility. It also helps build friendships and horsemanship.