Equestrian vaulting

Equestrian vaulting
Freestyle team vaulting
Highest governing bodyInternational Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI)
Team membersindividual and teams of varying numbers
Mixed genderyes
Typeindoor or outdoor
Equipmenthorse, surcingle, longeing equipment
VenueGenerally indoor arena with dirt or similar footing suitable for the horse
Olympic1920 Antwerp only
World Games1993 (invitational)
Vaulting at Kentucky Horse Park

Equestrian vaulting, or simply vaulting,[1] is most often described as gymnastics and dance on horseback, which can be practiced both competitively or non-competitively.[2] Vaulting has a history as an equestrian act at circuses,[3][4] but its origins stretch back at least two-thousand years. It is open to both men and women and is one of ten equestrian disciplines recognized by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Équestre Internationale or FEI).[5] Therapeutic or interactive vaulting is also used as an activity for children and adults who may have balance, attention, gross motor skill or social deficits.

Vaulting's enthusiasts are concentrated in Europe and other parts of the Western world. It is well established in Germany and Switzerland and is growing in other western countries. Vaulting was first introduced in the United States in the 1950s and 60s but was limited only to California and other areas of the west coast.[6] More recently, it is beginning to gain popularity in the United States northeast.[7]

  1. ^ "The Voltiging Federation of Ontario". Horses of the Sun, Canada. Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved June 2011. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Equestrian Vaulting Australia". equestrian-vaulting.
  3. ^ Loxton, Howard (1997). The golden age of the circus. New York, NY: Smithmark. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-7651-9909-6.
  4. ^ The New Encyclopædia Britannica ([New ed.]. ed.). Chicago, Ill.: Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. 2003. p. 419, volume 16. ISBN 978-0-85229-961-6.
  5. ^ "About us – standards". Fédération Équestre Internationale. Retrieved August 2011. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "Alumni Only - American Vaulting Association". www.americanvaulting.org.
  7. ^ Gorce, Tammy La (25 March 2010). "Equestrian Vaulting Gains Fans in the Northeast" – via NYTimes.com.

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