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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.

Vaulting Headlines

US Equestrian Announces Short List for 2024 FEI Vaulting World Championships for Seniors

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the vaulting athletes who have been named to the short list …

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U.S. Vaulting Junior Squad Earns Bronze at 2023 FEI Vaulting World Championship for Young Vaulters and Juniors

By US Equestrian Communications Department The FEI Vaulting World Championship for Young Vaulters and Juniors was the pinnacle 2023 event …

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Kimmy Palmer Fifth Overall at 2022 World Vaulting Female Championship

Kimmy Palmer Finishes Fifth Overall on Final Day of Mustang Corp. FEI World Vaulting Female Championship

By U.S. Equestrian Communications Department Herning, Denmark – The final day of the Mustang Corp. FEI World Vaulting Female Championship …

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Kimberly Palmer with Personal Best on Second Day of FEI Individual Female Vaulting Championship Competition

Kimberly Palmer Leads U.S. Vaulting Team with Personal Best on Second Day of FEI Individual Female Championship Competition

By U.S. Equestrian Communications Department Herning, Denmark – Kimberly “Kimmy” Palmer (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) topped the standings again for …

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Kimmy Palmer & Rosenstolz 99 at the FEI World Championships Herning 2022

U.S. Vaulting Team Completes First Day of Competition at Herning 2022

By U.S. Equestrian Communications Department Herning, Denmark – The U.S. Vaulting Team took to Jyske Bank Boxen today to begin …

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U.S. Vaulter Emily Rose & 32 Eldoctro at 2022 World Vaulting Championships Herning

U.S. Vaulting Team Horses Prepare for First Day of Competition Tomorrow Featuring Individual Male, Individual Female, and Squad Compulsories

By U.S. Equestrian Communications Department Herning, Denmark – The U.S. Vaulting Team will begin competition at the Mustang Corp. 2022 …

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US Equestrian Announces U.S. Vaulting Team Short List Ahead of 2022 FEI Vaulting World Championships for Seniors in Herning, Denmark

By US Equestrian Communications Department US Equestrian is pleased to announce the athletes selected to the U.S. Vaulting Team Short …

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Kimberly Palmer Takes Third Place in FEI Vaulting World Cup Final

Kimberly Palmer Takes Third Place in FEI Vaulting World Cup Final With Teammate Kalyn Noah Finishing in Seventh

By US Equestrian Communications Department Kimberly Palmer (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) secured a podium finish in the 2022 FEI Vaulting …

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U.S. Vaulting Squad Earns Silver at 2021 FEI Vaulting World Championships for Juniors in Le Mans, France

U.S. Squad Earns Silver at 2021 FEI Vaulting World Championships for Juniors

By US Equestrian Communications Department Le Mans, France – A talented group of U.S. youth athletes had strong performances at the …

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US Equestrian Announces Nominated Entries for 2021 FEI Vaulting World Championships for Juniors and 2021 FEI Vaulting World Championships for Seniors

By US Equestrian Communications Department Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the nominated U.S. entries for the 2021 …

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US Equestrian Announces U.S. Vaulting Team Short List Athletes for 2021 FEI Vaulting World Championships

By US Equestrian Communications Department Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced the athletes nominated to the U.S. Vaulting Team Short …

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U.S. Vaulting’s Pacific Coast Vaulters Earn Fourth in World Squad Vaulting Championship at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018

Mill Spring, N.C. – The U.S. Vaulting Team individual female and individual male competitors and squad took to the ring one …

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Palmers Earn FEI World Cup Vaulting Final Pas-de-Deux Bronze Medal

Dortmund, Germany – Cassidy and Kimberly Palmer put together a skillful and expressive performance to earn the pas-de-deux Bronze medal …

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