After the time of cold weather, holidays, cozy Christmas movies, practicing new freestyle moves, improving compulsories and a lot of fitness, the new season has started. It is the time to make new goals and make dreams come true. It might be possible that one of your goals is to compete in your first international vaulting competition: a Concours de Voltige International (CVI). If this is the very first time for you as a vaulter, it can be a real challenge to figure out what you need to know, what you need to prepare and what to expect. We have some tips for you and we asked some well experienced vaulters and coaches to give their advice.
We were lucky meet Christoph Lensing, a living vaulting legend, who has been World Champion three times, European Champion three times and German Champion four times, at the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 in Tryon. Watch our video interview with him (in German with English subtitles!)
On an international level it’s not that difficult to compare the skills of vaulters since the FEI sets the rules. However, every country has still its own set of regulations when it comes to national championships. If you wonder what is your level in another country, you can find the answer right here: we have made a summary of the compulsories of the competition levels of 5 different countries for you: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Spain.
Winter time might be the most intense training time for vaulters: Improving compulsories, trying out new freestyle moves, finding a new freestyle theme and working on all details of the choreography to present it on time when competition season starts. And all that with usually hard weather conditions!
Yoga is defined as an art, harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit. By practicing different yoga techniques you can improve your flexibility, balance, strength, especially core strength and your inner peace and focus: actually all the skills you need to be a good vaulter, too! So, why don’t you try out some yoga exercises once in awhile to vary your training routine?
If you don’t live in a German speaking country or in a country where equestrian vaulting has already become a more or less developed discipline, it might be difficult to get adequate vaulting material. Vaulting whips for example are quite expensive and difficult to transport. In the following we will show you how we made our own telescope whip with little money.
You are going to an international training camp, the Vaulting World Championships or the Vaulting European Championships and are still lacking some vaulting vocabulary? We have the solution for you: our Vaulting Wiki! We have prepared the translations of the most important vaulting terms in English, German, French and Spanish.