Equestrian vaulting is gymnastics and dance performed in harmony on a moving horse. Vaulting is one of the oldest equestrian disciplines and featured at the World Equestrian Games. Vaulters can compete individually, in pairs (known as Pas De Deux), and as a team, having up to three vaulters on the horse at one time. Vaulting teaches balance, strength, coordination, and teamwork.
The American Vaulting Association (AVA) Friendship Team, founded in 1995, promotes vaulting at large exhibitions, shows, and fairs throughout the US. The team is composed of AVA vaulters from across the country who have demonstrated at various high-level events. The teams most recent performances were at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event in Lexington, KY, and the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC, with 30 vaulters from 10 different vaulting programs. Different vaulters, horses, coaches, and lungers, all must become acquainted, learn to work as a team, and develop a performance before an event. The AVA Friendship Team is the embodiment of “it takes a village.” Thanks to the talented efforts of the AVA Friendship Team, vaulting is increasingly visible throughout the US.
If you have an interest in horses and a desire to learn, vaulting may be the sport for you! Vaulting also offers excellent cross-training for other equine disciplines. Participants are not required to have prior riding or horse experience. There are over 100 AVA vaulting clubs nationwide, to find a club near you visit www.americanvaulting.org/findaclub.