Competing / Team events
A vaulting team consists of a lunger, horse, six vaulters (male and female) plus one alternate vaulter (optional) who must enter and line up with the team.
Team competitions are made up of two rounds. During the first round, teams perform a six-minute compulsory and a four minute freestyle test in an attempt to qualify for the second round where they perform a single free test. An exercise will only be scored if two vaulters are in contact with the horse as it is carried out. No more than three vaulters may be on the horse at any one time.
Individual competitions are made up of two rounds. Vaulters perform the compulsory and free tests in the first round in order to qualify for the final/second round. In CVI1* competitions these two tests are repeated in the second round. In CVI 2* the second round is made up of a technical test and a freestyle test. Individual vaulters have only one minute for their freestyle performances. At Championships, men and women compete separately.
Two vaulters, a male and a female, perform a freestyle programme held over one or two rounds. Sample title Vaulting is a combination of gymnastics and dance on the back of a cantering horse. It has often been described similar to ice-skating as there are seven compulsory exercises, a technical programme and a free-style programme. It was recognised as an FEI discipline in 1983 and featured as a demonstration sport at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Vaulting is now practised by both men and women, competing together on teams or separately as individuals.