Here at Avon Riding Centre, we are proud to be able to offer some of our riders the chance to try Vaulting. Best described as gymnastics on horseback, it is one of the 7 disciplines currently recognised by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI).
FEI competitive Vaulting is an international youth sport, but even at Novice and Recreation level, it has a lot going for it. The benefits of vaulting are similar to riding, although there is less time spent on the horse in each vaulting session. A group of vaulters work with one horse under the control of a coach and lunger.
As we already know, the horse is in itself a powerful motivator and vaulting offers yet another channel for our riders to develop and build a wide range of skills – which can be transferable throughout all areas of their lives; including learning to work as part of a team to achieve a goal, helping to boost their self-confidence and build on their interpersonal skills.
The physical benefits too can be profound, such as helping with general fitness, balance, motor skills, flexibility, co-ordination and core strength. This has not gone unnoticed by key members of the Health & Education Sectors, who continue to welcome and support this exciting and increasingly popular RDA activity.
It is a hugely rewarding activity. RDA groups who have taken up the challenge and who offer Vaulting to their riders all give testament to the fun and sense of achievement that it brings, along with the huge benefits it offers to all those taking part.
The Perry RDA Vaulting Group have published a short video View it here.
More pictures of our June 2016 vaulting session here