The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are underway in Lexington, Kentucky (September 25-October 10.) The games host the world championships for eight different equestrian sports including dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, paradressage, reining and vaulting.
At its highest levels, vaulting is a sport of beauty, elegance and harmony between the athletes and horses. Be sure to check out the current issue of the Virginia Sportsman online at www.vasportsman.com , “Gymnastics on Horseback with Balance Vaulters” by Aynsley Miller Fisher to learn more about vaulting.
Gymnastics requires physical strength, agility, coordination, balance and grace, now imagine a gymnastics routine performed entirely on the back of a cantering horse! After the first day of vaulting competition on Wednesday, the U.S. team emerged with the lead. Check in for updates and information about the games at www.alltechfeigames.com
Aynsley is a member of the 35 Mile Drive Association and an equine specialist at Southern States. Visit www.balancevaulters.org to learn more about Katie Flannagan and her vaulting program featured in the article.