What is Vaulting?
Vaulting requires a steady reliable horse and a trainer who controls the horse so that the vaulters can perform various static and dynamic exercises, either individually, in pairs or in threes. The training develops coordination and a sense of rhythm, timing, balance, style and confidence on the horse.
Who can Vault?
Vaulting is a sport for all ages, just as a fun activity or as a world accepted sport. People with disabilities also practise vaulting and integrated teams are encouraged.
Competitions cater for all levels of ability and are held at regular intervals. Vaulting offers great opportunity for international youth exchange. Several vaulters have already represented Australia at an international level in Europe and America.
How do you start?
At first exercises are practised on a barrel, then on a horse at walk, and as you get better at the canter. In Australia there are vaulting groups and clubs associated with the EFA, RDA and PCA. That means that you don't have to have your own horse, which makes vaulting a relatively inexpensive horse sport. For vaulting you need gymnastic outfits and soft shoes with non-slip soles. Beginners may wear a helmet.
Vaulting NSW has a new detailed web page http://vnsw.equestrian.org.au/