• USEF Network @claudiarose1776 Unfortunately no but we hope to be back at Devon next year. Check out @SRJumpingTour and Spectrum International today-Sun. 5/22/2015 10:33:40 AM
  • USEF Network @enevois Unfortunately no but we hope to back at Devon next year. Check out the @SRJumpingTour and PFHA Spectrum International today-Sunday 5/22/2015 10:12:20 AM
  • USEF Network @equonabudget there were technical issues with the stream being delivered to us but watch @SRJumpingTour and Spectrum International 5/21/2015 10:41:39 AM
  • USEF Network @maddiesyfert there were technical issues with the stream being delivered to us but watch @SRJumpingTour and Spectrum International 5/21/2015 10:41:13 AM
  • USEF Network Live Now! Watch Paso Finos compete at the @Paso_Fino_Horse Spectrum International http://t.co/7hC4yM9y2X 5/21/2015 10:36:35 AM
  • USEF Network Watch David O'Connor announce the 2015 U.S. Pan American Eventing Team and Alternates: https://t.co/UvZW8Xq9QV https://t.co/8OGhzLRg15 5/20/2015 5:13:49 PM
  • USEF Network The USEF Mileage Rule Revision Task Force Town Hall Meeting is now available on demand: http://t.co/cRXibHxV05 http://t.co/T1TSj4ZHBk 5/20/2015 2:00:20 PM
  • USEF Network @StreamHorseTV town hall is up! http://t.co/cRXibHxV05 5/20/2015 1:59:25 PM
  • USEF Network We're back from break! http://t.co/cRXibHgk8x 5/18/2015 4:54:18 PM
  • USEF Network @bcow82 The audio is not functioning properly currently, we are working on and should have up ASAP. 5/18/2015 3:17:38 PM

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Vaulting

Vaulting enjoys an ancient heritage and can probably be described as one of the oldest known forms of equestrian sport. Often described as gymnastics performed on horseback, vaulting’s origins can be traced back to Roman games which included acrobatic displays performed on cantering horses. Tracing history through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, many references to vaulting are made, and it was during this time that the practice of “La Voltige” (drill riding and agility exercises performed on horseback by knights and noblemen) gave the sport its present name. Modern vaulting was developed in postwar Germany as a means to introduce children to equestrian sport, and it remains a popular training and competitive endeavor all across Europe. Conversely, modern competitive vaulting is relatively new to the United States. Vaulting did not make its way to the U.S. until the late 1950s and the first official competition did not take place until 1969. Since that time, vaulting has experienced significant growth and expansion and is enjoyed by equestrian enthusiasts of all ages. All vaulting routines – team, individual, and freestyle – are performed on the back of a cantering horse, traveling in a circle and attached to a longe line.

Competitors are judged on their ability to smoothly execute compulsory movements demonstrating strength, flexibility, and balance—making sure to face all four directions and cover all parts of the horse from neck to croup—during their routines. They are also evaluated on the technical difficulty and artistic expression associated with freestyle routines. Additionally, a portion of every overall score is secured by considering the horse’s quality and consistency of gait. Vaulting offers enthusiasts the opportunity to develop coordination, balance, strength, and creativity while working harmoniously with both fellow teammates and the horse itself. To learn more about the discipline of vaulting, visit the American Vaulting Association at americanvaulting.org.