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Vaulting Demo

By Kim Abbott

Monday, October 5, 2009

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Photo by Holly Werner
I made my first public appearance in vaulting this weekend at the Festival of the Horse in Georgetown, Ky. I was nervous about being nervous, but the event was fairly small, and since it wasn't a competition, I felt almost completely comfortable; let's not forget that I was exhibiting myself in a skin-tight unitard. Luckily the black and gold color scheme wasn't too awful.

Believe it or not, the hardest part for me was the jog in to and out of the center of the arena. It was difficult to be sure I was in sync with the Vaulters in front of me. Other than that, my routine went smoothly. My instructor and the two Vaulters who have been doing this for years said I did very well. Each movement needs to be executed in a count of four, so while concentrating on completing them correctly and gracefully, I had to keep my timing accurate.

All in all, it was a great day. It was a little windy, but not too hot and not too cold. Leo did well for his first public demo, and he has only been a vaulting horse for about four months. Besides the demonstration, we had a booth set up where visitors could watch an informative video and kids could try their skills at vaulting on the stationary barrel. I look forward to improving my skills before our next demo. I hope you enjoy the video, taken by my co-worker Holly Werner. Feel free to tell me what you think (let's not be too harsh)!

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Allison    Kennewcik, WA

2/6/2011 8:19:06 PM

i couldnt tell if it was already but remember to keep you foot and hand level with each other during the flag :)

Kim    Lexington, KY

12/9/2009 12:56:58 PM

Thanks for the encouragement! It really helps!

Ang    Mertztown, PA

12/3/2009 3:16:12 PM

Good job, you looked great! Keep it up- it'll get REALLY fun when you get to the higher levels.... I wish my sister could get into vaulting... she got to between 7 and 8 of competitive gymnastics of 10 before Osgood Schlatters in both knees forced her to quit. She loves riding but isn't very good at the controlling the horse part, but in vaulting she wouldn't have to worry about that. I know she could be great, but there's nobody around who is involved in vaulting near us. :(

Anna    Wildwood, MO

11/20/2009 3:56:23 PM

Great job! I think you looked awesome.

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