March 2016 - Come Fly With Us!

Vaulting can be a gateway to all equestrian sport.

by Connie Geisler, American Vaulting Association president

Equestrian vaulting is an FEI competitive sport in its own right, as well as a great introduction for developing useful skills for anyone who is interested in increasing safety of horse activities.  Children as young as 2 years old can learn basic balance, security and harmony with the moving horse before learning to ride independently. Riders of any age can improve their stability, confidence and safety with just a couple of vaulting lessons.

Vaulting offers an excellent re-introduction to horses and riding for those who have been away from horses for a while or for riders who have had a bad experience that they want to overcome.

All vaulting is done on a lunge line with an experienced lunger and a calm, dependable horse. The handles of the surcingle give the vaulter security and can be used to build confidence. The variety of moves that are learned while vaulting build strength and flexibility that are useful in any riding activity, as well as for general health and wellbeing, for life. It is always challenging and fun.

In a typical vaulting program, on average, 5 to 10 vaulters may use the same horse in the same lesson. This allows more people access to a horse activity without needing to own a horse, thereby reducing overall expense. For instructors, vaulting dramatically increases the student-to-horse ratio, making it easier to expand their clientele without having to acquire more horses or overhead.

Working parents in our busy society are always looking for more safe, structured and supervised activities for their children. Horse day camps are a popular choice. Horse camps that include vaulting create a stimulating activity that enables the campers to participate, without needing one horse per student. The physical activity and creativity that vaulting fosters guarantees that the participants go home tired and satisfied, having learned new moves and been physically challenged each day. Progress is rapid and encouraging, especially for beginning vaulters.

Competitive vaulting offers opportunities for all levels of vaulters to compete from very basic beginner to international level vaulters. Competition is as an individual, pair or a team of six people with one, two, or three people on the horse at the same time. Vaulters can also compete on a stationary barrel. There are vaulting competitions at the local level, regional, national and at the World Equestrian Games.


Anyone interested in visiting a vaulting lesson or program, or having help in starting a vaulting program can contact me, American Vaulting Association President, Connie Geisler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 951-440-4589, or AVA Director of Development, Gibran Stout at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 949-355-7023.

More information is also available at: https://www.americanvaulting.org.


CALIFORNIA, SOUTH

Diamond Bar Vaulters
951-440-4589
Diamond Bar, CA 91765-3345
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http://diamondbarvaulters.webs.com

Encore Equestrian Vaulters
831-588-6356
Murrieta, CA 992562
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www.encoreequestrianvaulters.com

EVX Vaulting Club
425-870-7807
Duarte, CA 91010
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http://equestrianvisionsxtreme.com

Lompoc Vaulters
805-698-3681
Lompoc, CA 93436
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Los Angeles Equestrian Vaulting Club
818-590-3319
Shadow Hills, CA 91040
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www.laevc.org

Mt Woodson Vaulting Academy
619-375-7715
Ramona, CA 92065
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OC Vaulting
949-355-7023
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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http://ocvaulting.com

Poway Valley Vaulters
858-945-4211
Poway, CA 92064
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www.powayvalleyvaulters.com

The Riding Academy
951-301-9272
Menifee, CA 92584
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www.vaulton.com

Valley View Vaulters
818-302-0153
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
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www.ValleyViewVaulters.com


CALIFORNIA, NORTH

Brookside Vaulters
831-336-1148
Ben Lomond, CA 95005
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www.brooksidevaulters.weebly.com

Circle Of Friends
408-836-7664
Saratoga, CA 95070
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Foothill Flyers
530-680-8511
Placerville, CA 95667
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http://foothillflyersvaultingclub.com

Half Moon Bay Vaulters
650-224-8772
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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Morning Star Vaulters
415-246-4377
Novato, CA 94947
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http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MorningStarWillowTree/info

Mt. Eden Vaulting Club
408-867-9527
Saratoga, CA 95070
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www.mountedenvaulting.org

Pacific Coast Vaulters
650-851-8825
Woodside, CA 94062
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www.pacificcoastvaulting.com

Phoenix Vaulting Club
530-200-3944
Orland, CA 95963
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Plantation Farm Vaulters
707-328-3723
Cazadero, CA 95421
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http://plantationcamp.com

Portola Valley Vaulters
650-464-4887
Portola Valley, CA 94028
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Starlite Vaulters
559-323-8550
Clovis, CA 93619
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www.starlitevaulters.com

Tambourine Vaulters
707-665-9281
Petaluma, CA 94952
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http://Tambourinevaulters.org

Woodside Vaulters
650-299-9281
Woodside, CA 94062-0862
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www.woodsidevaulters.org