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About Vaulting

Why Vault?

  • Vaulting is an affordable way to become involved with horses, mostly because several or many vaulters typically share one or more horses.


  • Vaulting develops rhythm, co-ordination, flexibility, strength, poise, grace, balance, creativity, and harmony with the horse.


  • Vaulting teaches teamwork, responsibility, trust and self-confidence.


  • Vaulting is an excellent introduction to the horse in a safe, structured environment.


  • Vaulting is one of the best ways to introduce people to and prepare them for horseback riding.


  • Vaulting enhances and helps develop the skills of dance, acrobatics and gymnastics.


  • Vaulting has a long tradition of friendly teamwork and camaraderie, which crosses the boundaries of clubs, countries and even continents.


Where did vaulting come from?

People have been performing acrobatic and dance-like movements on the backs of moving horses for more than 2,000 years. Stone paintings, which date back to the Pre-Romanic Ice Period, depict horses with persons standing on them. In the Classical Olympics in Greece “Artistic Riding” was part of the competitions. Modern vaulting was developed in postwar Germany as a way to introduce children to equestrian sports. In 1983 vaulting became one of the seven equestrian disciplines recognized by the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale).


What is a vaulting horse like?

Many different sizes and breeds of horses are used for vaulting. The best vaulting horses are calm, strong, fit and kind with a consistent gait and excellent temperament. Vaulting horses are carefully trained to move at a steady continuous gait and to become used to the vaulters performing unusual and exciting moves. Vaulting horses are generally a happy bunch due to the love and attention they receive from their vaulters.


Is vaulting a competitive sport?

Some vaulters vault for pleasure only however vaulting competitions are so much fun that most vaulters take part eventually. In BC, most clubs attend two to or four shows per year, one being the Provincial and/or National Championships. Therefore competitive vaulting does not require the huge family and financial commitment of many sports.Some vaulters train long enough to rise to the highest levels - Canter A and AA. These vaulters often choose to attend a CVI competition internationally and can qualify for the World Championships and through a selection process they can earn a place on the Canadian Equestrian Team to represent Canada at the World Equestrian Games.Vaulting is not an Olympic Discipline but it has appeared as a Demonstrated Sport.


Why have most people never heard of vaulting?

Vaulting is very popular in parts of Europe and is steadily building a following in the USA. Canada is just beginning to grow this sport.


Is vaulting safe?

Vaulting is the safest of the equestrian sports and is documented safer than riding bicycles, playing on playground equipment or trampolines, skating and even playing baseball, softball and soccer. Vaulting is done in a controlled environment in a fully enclosed arena on a consistent, large circle in soft footing. A lunger always controls the horse. EVABC member clubs are coached by EVABC certified Provincial Trainers.


Do I need to know about horses to start Vaulting?

You don't need to know a thing about horses to begin vaulting. You don't need to ride to vault but if you do, vaulting will greatly enhance your riding skills.


Do I need to have a background in gymnastics before vaulting?

Absolutely not. And for those who are already involved in gymnastics, vaulting will help improve those skills.