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If keeping your balance sitting on a moving
horse was not hard enough, consider the sport of
equestrian vaulting where riders are required to
perform gymnastics on a horse.
Vaulting is a performance sport that originates
from Roman times. It is best described as dancing and
gymnastics on horseback.
Vaulters perform compulsory and freestyle
moves to a walk or canter on horseback, individually, in
pairs or in a team.
It is a fun sport for all ages that promotes
co-ordination, balance, physical health, self-esteem,
the ability to work in a team, lifelong friendships all
linked by the overwhelming love and trust of a horse.
Vaulting enhances balance and promotes a
good riding seat so horse riders benefit from this
It is a worldwide sport with teams and clubs
operating and competing in many countries including
competitions and training sessions at local, regional
and national level in Australia.
Southern Highlands Vaulting Team president, Kerri
Wilson said that they had a "52 year young lady"
competing at their last competition held in the
Highlands and her performance had been amazing.
Vaulters draw on a variety of performance skills to
enhance their ability on horseback. These athletes are
constantly working on their fitness, strength, flexibility
and endurance to achieve their goals and are cross
training with other sports such as dancing, gymnastics,
acrobatics, swimming, running yoga, to name a few.
Compulsory movements require vaulters to mount
onto the seat astride while the horse is in motion.
A series of movements such as sitting on the
moving horse with outstretched arms, extending an
outside leg, passing a leg over the horse's head,
swinging up into a handstand position or kneeling on
the back of the horse and then vaulting off, are carried
out in competition.
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Kerri said the basic equipment was a sound
horse of good temperament that had been trained
to do the sport.
"Some horses take to it like a duck to water," she said.
A vaulting surcingle and lunge line are the basic
pieces of equipment needed to begin vaulting
ensuring that a competent person is available to
lunge the horse.
The vaulting horse could be owned by the club
or individually and everyone shares in caring for the
horse, lightening the load while creating a great
team atmosphere and lots of fun.
"Southern Highlands Vaulting Team currently has
six competing members and we have lots of fun and
successes," Kerri said.
The Southern Highlands Vaulting Team
welcomes competitive and recreational
members or anyone who is interested to see
what vaulting is all about. Details: Kerri on
0427 232 648.
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