• KJ Scheduling study breaks around the #rk3de #dressage rides I want to watch on @USEFNetwork - this promises to be a good day! Retweeted by USEFNetwork 4/24/2014 8:42:01 AM
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  • USEF Network Less than two hours from the start of #rk3de! #eventinglive http://t.co/MSj5H0m6V9 4/24/2014 8:20:58 AM
  • the cherrys What's on at work today!?! @USEFNetwork that's right!! Rolex starts today! Retweeted by USEFNetwork 4/24/2014 8:20:22 AM
  • ♛Equestrian Royalty♛ It's time! #rk3de Retweeted by USEFNetwork 4/24/2014 6:57:14 AM
  • kristin posner gorgeous Kentucky morning! #rk3de day one! http://t.co/dkE2YGb3dU Retweeted by USEFNetwork 4/24/2014 6:56:53 AM
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  • Lo Elizabeth. Kentucky Rolex starts tomorrow. You know I'm gonna be on @USEFNetwork all day. 🐎😍🙌 Retweeted by USEFNetwork 4/23/2014 11:21:10 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 judgedon 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.