Gymnastics on horseback.
Vaulting is best described as gymnastics on horseback and is one of the 10 equestrian disciplines recognised by the international federation for equestrian sports. Vaulting is very common in Continental European countries such as Germany and Switzerland however it is not as well established in England. At Contessa we are proud that we are one of very few centres across the UK that provides vaulting coaching on a regular basis.
The Contessa vaulting team kick-started their competition career last year and walked away as Novice walk champions as a team and also winning as individuals. After such a success we hope to continue competing and are always on the look out for new members to join our team.
Our vaulting horses
Fergus is our vaulting star! We take Fergus to all of our competitions and demonstrations and he makes new vaulters feel very comfortable. With his wide back and steady paces he is the perfect horse to learn vaulting on.
Puro has a beautiful canter so is perfect for the more advanced vaulters to learn more difficult moves in walk and canter.
Rosie is our diamond in the rough. She has only being vaulting for a few months but has made a good start in her training. She is calm, loving and a little smaller than our boys, so is perfect for the vaulters to learn how to mount on their own.