The Waimauku Vaulting club started up in November 2014 to learn the sport of equestrian vaulting. Equestrian vaulting is equivalent to gymnastics or cheerleading on horseback. The Waimauku Vaulting Club is one of the few vaulting clubs operating in New Zealand. Recent success from a New Zealand vaulting team operating out of the Kapiti Vaulting Club in the World Equestrian Games (WEG) has provided a spotlight on vaulting as a sport in New Zealand. The Kapiti Vaulting Club has been running for around 20 years and we are thankful to have their help and support to further our knowledge and ability to advance the sport in the Auckland region.
We started our training with Epoña from the USA, a highly experienced former national level vaulter, as our head coach. Epoña moved on to new pastures out of the Auckland area so we are now seeking guest coaches to help us improve our vaulting and coaching skills. We have already had the opportunity to host many vaulters from Germany – some still competing at top level – during their travels around NZ and some from other European countries.
Vaulters learn the techniques on a specialised vaulting barrel before progressing to the horse. We cover the compulsories as well as freestyle moves that can be used in routines. Vaulting is a fun exercise to develop strength, confidence, balance, coordination, great posture, and a spirit of teamwork. The skills learnt are also an excellent foundation for horse riding. There will be opportunities to participate in demonstration events and competitions as our experience with vaulting grows.
Adult or under 8 years classes can be provided if there are enough takers, so please register your interest in either one of these categories.
During the school holidays we will run a “Try Out Vaulting” session to give people the opportunity to try it out before signing up. The cost is for a casual 2 hour lesson which will qualify you for a discount when you sign up for the next vaulting term.