Q: What should I wear to my first practice? A: Layers are key! This is the Pacific Northwest, so in the fall and winter the weather will probably be cold and damp. However, as you warm up and start vaulting, you may want to shed some layers. Please wear leggings - NOT JEANS! Vaulters typically wear shoes similar to ballet shoes. Wear sneakers to your first practice for warm-up and horse tack-up. Also bring a pair of soft-soled shoes (like water socks) for vaulting on the horse - no riding boots are allowed - and always remember to tie back your hair.
Q: Is there anything that I need to bring to my first lesson? A: Please bring sneakers, soft-soled shoes, a water bottle, and readiness to have lots of fun!
Q: Is vaulting safe? A: Yes, vaulting is safer than most other equestrian sports. This is primarily because in vaulting, the longeur controls the horse instead of the person on the horse. Vaulting horses are well trained and some of the first things that vaulters learn are safety drills for dismounting. For more safety information visit: http://www.americanvaulting.org/safety/
Q: What are the benefits of vaulting? A: Not only does vaulting develop physical skills such as coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility, it also develops teamwork, trust, creativity, and responsibility. Vaulting can also significantly help a rider improve their confidence while riding and harmony with the horse.
Q: What do vaulters do in a typical lesson? A: Beginner lessons include grooming/tacking up our vaulting horse, vaulter/horse warm-up, barrel practice, and lots of time on the horse. Vaulters are expected to assist with untacking and cooling down the horse after practice. Experienced students taking private lessons may prepare the horse and warm-up independently to reserve lesson time for barrel and horse training.
Q: I'm an adult. Can I vault too? A: Absolutely! We offer vaulting lessons to all ages and firmly believe that vaulting can benefit anyone and everyone. If you're a rider, vaulting will be especially beneficial as it will develop your seat and harmony with the horse.
Q: Do boys vault? A: Yes! Both men and women compete in vaulting on the regional, national, and international level. While individual competition is separated into men's and women's divisions, the technical standards are the same. Men and women also often compete together in pairs and team divisions.
Q: What is involved if I want to compete? A: Competitive vaulters need to register with the American Vaulting Association ($50 yearly fee), purchase a team warm-ups and a competition uniform, and pay competition fees.
Q: Where can I buy vaulting shoes? A: Vaulting shoes for beginners can be purchased here. Please buy black shoes - they will hide wear and tear much better than white ones!