Vaulting Today

 

Vaulting Today

Vaulting Today, There are three types of vaulting competitions.

 
Lusitano-Vaulting TodayCompetitive Vaulting Today: There are three types of vaulting competitions, individual, pair and team competitions.   The exercise is a combination of gymnastics and dancing on top of a moving horse.   In professional competitions the horse moves in a fifteen feet circumference at a canter while the performer executes his or her moves.   In lower level competitions the circumference of the circle is the same but the horse moves at a walk or trot, this depends on the competition level.   Beginners perform with the horse walking in a circle.   The horse is controlled by a “lunger” who stands in the middle turning with the horse as it moves.
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Lusitano-Vaulting TodayAt the beginning when Vaulting was finally recognized as an equestrian discipline, points and scores depend on the abilities of the performers.   Each exercise was awarded a specific amount of points according to the difficulty and complexity of the move.   When two people or teams tied after completing all the exercises the horse’s performance was judged and serves as a tiebreaker.   The rider was judged in each exercise with scores that range between zero and ten.   The horse was also part of the team and always had to canter at the same speed and maintain the beat of the music played during the performance.
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Lusitano-Vaulting TodayThings are different now that it is considered a professional discipline and not only the performer is judged.   The horse is also put through the needle’s eye.   Each team must perform seven compulsory exercises followed by choreographed set of freestyle exercises accompanied by music.   The compulsory exercises are stand, seat, flank, mount, scissors, flag and mill.   These may also include mounting and dismounting while the horse is moving along its path.   In high level competitions these may include another set of exercises such as handstands, kneeling, jumps, leaps and tumbling exercises.
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Lusitano-Vaulting TodayThe freestyle demonstrations give individual competitors one minute to execute their exercises and the team or pair competitors up to four minutes.   The horse is judged by its movements, stride, and mostly the way it behaves and reacts to the exercises and routines being performed on top of him.   The performers are judged according to their coordination, technique, performance, balance, security and the consideration and treatment of the horse.
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