Vaulting at Cooperstown Equestrian 

Vaulting is most often described as gymnastics and dance on the back of a moving horse. Vaulting is open to both males and females, of all ages, shapes and sizes. It is a great way to gain balance, confidence and strength.

 

Vaulters are on the horse as individuals, pairs and teams. Beginning vaulters compete at the walk or trot while experienced vaulters compete at the canter. All warm-ups begin on the vaulting barrel to learn the moves.

 

Vaulters learn moves such as: mounts and dismounts, handstands, kneeling and standing as well as aerial moves such as jumps, leaps and tumbling skills. However many of these skills are only seen in the highest levels. A typical routine for a child or beginner teen/adult will more likely contain variations on simple kneels and planks.

 

Vaulting horses are not saddled, but wear a surcingle and a thick back pad. The surcingle has special handles; which aid the vaulter in performing certain moves as well as leather loops called "cossack stirrups". The horse wears a bridle and side reins and is attached to a lunge line which is directed by the lunger who stands in the center of a 15-meter circle .

 

The Zemi Farm Vaulters at Cooperstown Equestrian park participate in local demos, as well as vaulting competitions throughout the region.

 

Vaulting practice is held every Sunday.

 

If interested, please contact MacKenzie at 607-287-1292. Vaulters can start at age 5 and there is no upper-age-limit.

 

MacKenzie Waro is the coach, and Cody Moore is the lunger and assistant.