Open Tryouts for 7-10 yo Beginners PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Sayles   
Sunday, 01 November 2015 19:35

The Cascade Vaulters are pleased to announce the formation of a beginner practice group with six to eight new membership opportunities for seven to ten year olds. This new group will practice 4-6 PM Sunday afternoons at  Patterson Creek Farm, near Fall City.

Open tryouts along with a short demonstration of vaulting by some of our experienced vaulters will be available on Sunday November 15, starting at 4 PM.  Additional tryouts will be available on Sundays by request until available memberships are filled.


Last Updated on Sunday, 01 November 2015 21:16
What should I bring & wear for tryouts and practices? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Sayles   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 16:18

All minor vaulters must bring a parent or guardian to their first tryout / practice to help fill out release and application forms including hold harmless agreements.

Most of our practices are outdoors. In wet weather we are in a covered, but not fully enclosed, arena. So it may be hot or cold depending on the weather. Vaulters should dress in layers. As your levels of activities rise and fall you will want to shed your outer layers to keep from getting too hot and put them back on as you get cooler. Your outer layers need to be loose enough and the inner layers stretchy enough to allow a wide range of motion of all limbs. Sweatshirt and athletic warm-up pants over tee shirt and spandex tights work best in cool weather. Add a loose jacket, knit hat and gloves or mittens if it is cold outside. Vaulters should also bring a full water bottle, especially in warmer weather. If you have close fitting soft shoes with a rubbery sole, like aqua-socks, bring them too, otherwise bring a pair of thick socks that can get dirty. As the weather warms up and the outdoor arenas dry out, we may shift some of our activity outdoors, so also bring sunscreen if the forecast is for sunshine.

Spectators, parents, guardians and other observers are always welcome and should dress for an outdoor spectator activity. You might wish to bring a folding chair and if it is cold, a blanket. Spectators may also wish to bring a hot or cold drink depending on the weather.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 April 2011 20:31
What is Vaulting? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Sayles   


Equestrian Vaulting is for everyone!
If you love horses, dance, gymnastics and fun, equestrian vaulting wants you! It's a wonderful way to develop coordination, balance, strength, and creativity while working in harmony with the horse.

Is vaulting safe?

'Yes, vaulting is not only the safest of the equestrian sports, it is documented safer than riding bicycles, playing on playground equipment, and even playing soccer. For more info on vaulting safety visit the American Vaulting Association website.'

Many factors contribute to the safety of our sport including the fact that the horse is controlled at all times by an experienced, trained longeur. Vaulters are taught to condition their bodies with stretching and strengthening exercises, and are also taught safe mounts and dismounts at all levels. Also, most exercises are learned on a stationary apparatus, called a vaulting barrel, before they are performed on the horse.

What are some of the skills that vaulting helps develop?

Coordination,balance, strength , creativity.
In addition, vaulting teaches a whole set of "soft skills" that can't be overlooked—
Teamwork: Vaulters learn to work together with both the horse and longeur; and in team competition, with each other as well.
Responsibility: Vaulters are responsible for a variety of horse duties each lesson (depending on vaulter age and level). Trust: Vaulters learn to trust their longeur, their horse, and, most importantly, each other. As vaulters mature in the sport, trust in their teammates also grows.
Self confidence: How does one not have self confidence when you can stand on the back of a moving horse!

DO I have to have some riding skills?

No, you don't need to be able to ride to vault, but vaulting can greatly improve your riding skills.



The Cascade Vaulters are a parent, volunteer and sponsor supported non-profit youth organization whose primary goals are to:

  • Develop physical fitness, body awareness and control
  • Promote music appreciation and interpretation
  • Foster harmony with our equine teammates
  • Teach and practices good horsemanship
  • Nurture equestrian vaulters that are competitive at both the regional and the national level.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 July 2010 11:01
Cali PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennie and Camille   
Sunday, 28 March 2010 23:00

Age: 26 years

Height: 16 hands (One hand is equal to four inches)

Breed: Full Draft Mix

Owner: Cascade Vaulters

Trainers: Jennie Mellor, Andrea Stoppani & Tom Sayles

Accomplishments: Carried 'B' Team Compulsories, Vaulters of the Northwest 'C' Team Freestyle, and a top ten vaulter, Sandy Rogers, in the 2005 AVA/USEF National Vaulting Championships.  Won 'Best Horse' Award at the 2006 AVA Region III Championships. Earned 6.2 horse scores at VoNW SpringFest and a 7.0 at AVA/USEF Nationals 2010.

In 2011, six of the top 15 finishers in the AVA's National Copper High-Point competition were current or former Cascade Vaulters, having learned canter vaulting from Tom on Cali.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 November 2015 21:25
1000 Clicks Challenge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Sayles   
Sunday, 28 August 2011 21:21


The Cascade Vaulters are pleased to announce the “1000 Clicks Challenge”. The thousand clicks challenge is an activity designed primarily for trot and copper level vaulters in the US, though participation is open to all AVA [and EVA] registered vaulters at all levels.


Last Updated on Monday, 03 September 2012 09:07
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