Vaulting Week: Evolution

Today, I will be explaining the evolution of vaulting. *Remember, this information may not be entirely accurate, and it is based on information that I read from different sources (books, internet, encyclopedia).*


Vaulting is one of the oldest sports in the world, dating all the way back to ancient Roman times. Vaulting had originated in Ancient Rome as part of high-ranked Romans’ education, along with fencing, archery, and horseback riding. During the Middle Ages, vaulting took the form of knights practicing mounting horses and performing elegant maneuvers. Vaulting was used during the Renaissance as a preparatory for other disciplines. If somebody wanted to learn how to ride a horse, they would have to understand horses’ movements by practicing vaulting first. Vaulting evolved into a separate discipline, where the horse was replaced by a wooden model that was supposed to represent the horse. Vaulting was the basis of modern gymnastics, but vaulting did not die as the new gymnastics sport was introduced.

Today’s vaulting was created in Germany in the 1940s. Vaulting came to the United States in 1956, and by 1978, over 41 vaulting clubs were started in the nation, according to Paki Stedwill. Although vaulting is found in the United States, Elizabeth Friedlaender claims Germany is the country that practices vaulting the most.

1990 was the first time vaulting was in the World Equestrian Games. The World Equestrian Games is an international competition showing horses in their best level of performance. It is held by Alltech, an animal nutritional and Health Company, and the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). It includes disciplines such as vaulting, jumping, dressage, reining, endurance, and driving. According to, a discipline is an “activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training”.



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