vaulting

Victorian Vaulting Contact 

Stephaine Vincent-Fox 

EV Vaulting Commitee 2013 

Chair 

Stephaine Vincent -Fox ( 2 year term ) 

Committee Members

Andrea Wilson (2 year term)

Suzanne Playfoot (2 year term)

Zia Mc Leod (1 year term)

Diane Solomon (1 year term)

What is Vaulting?

Vaulting is gymnastics on horseback and combines the skills of both gymnastics and horsemanship. It provides for both individual and also for team participation in sport. Vaulting improves a rider's seat, balance, rhythm and coordination as well as their confidence on the horse. In many clubs in Europe a period of vaulting is a prerequisite to riding.

Vaulting is one of the most spectacular, and at the same time safest, of the equestrian sports. It is an ancient sport dating back to the Minoan period demonstrating flexibility and mobility whilst on horseback. This was particularly important when horses were widely used in conflicts (horses were active in war through to the end of WWII ).

There are a large number of competitors in North America and Europe with over 50,000 vaulters in Germany alone. In competition (similar to skating and gymnastics) there are compulsory routines as well as freestyle and it is all performed to music, so musical interpretation is also important.

Vaulting is one of the official international FEI sports and its competitions include World Championships every two years, European Championships in the alternate years and the World Equestrian Games which are held every four years. In 1930's vaulting was also an Olympic discipline and has been demonstrated at the last two Olympics. Australia has been represented at each of the World and European championships since 1994.

Success in vaulting requires the training not only of the competitor but also of the horse. The execution of the more difficult vaulting movements requires high levels of agility and rhythm as well as strength. The moves are practised on the floor and on a barrel before being transferred to the horse. At the higher level, movements on the horse are executed at the canter and for this to be done successfully the vaulter must not only be in control of their own rhythm but must also interpret and predict the rhythm and capabilities of the horse. In order to withstand the rigours of competition, and of regular practice, which is essential for improvement, both the vaulter and the horse need to be fit. In addition, it is important for a group or team of vaulters to have more than one horse available for practise and use.

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 Vaulting is a great way for adults to learn horse riding or to regain confidence and improve their riding skills.

Competitive Vaulting:

Competitions cater for all levels of ability and are held at regular intervals. Vaulting offers great opportunity for international youth exchange. Many vaulters have already represented at an international level in Europe and America, including World Championships and World Equestrian Games.

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 EA, RDA and PCA as well as being taught in many riding centres. 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.

Source: Vaulting NSW

Watch a short video: Vaulting in Australia Video

Fact Sheets:

Starting a Vaulting Program

How to become an EA NCAS Vaulting Coach

Lunging for Vaulting Accreditation

Australian Vaulting Calendar:

Vaulting Calendar

Rules & Regulations:

Equestrian Australian National Vaulting Rules and Description of the Compulsory Exercises 

Description and Guidelines Preliminary and Pre Novice

Policy on Bullying

FEI Website Vaulting Rules:

  • FEI Rules for Vaulting Events
  • FEI Judges Guidelines
  • FEI Technical Test Exercises
  • FEI Qualification Criteria

Forms & Documents:

EA Affiliated Club Dangerous Activity Acknowledgment

EA NCAS Insured Coach Dangerous Activity Acknowledgment

Score Sheets & System for Scoring:

Vaulting Score Sheets 

Scoring System

Role Name Mobile  Email
Member Sarah Hocking 0407 970 369 [email protected]
Vaulters' Rep Lee Briggs   [email protected]
Member Tony Richardson   [email protected]
Member Jenny Denby 0414 425 041 [email protected].
Member Gail Beattie 0433 033 905 [email protected]
Member Bob Hennig   [email protected]

2013 State Champion Ellen

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