Welcome to Vaulting

Vaulting is a youthful, theatrical discipline in which athletes perform on the back of a cantering horse. As such, it demands an outstanding physical condition from the vaulter, a harmonious relationship with the horse, and first-class teamwork.

Vaulting exercises include artistic mounts and dismounts, shoulder stands and handstands on the horse, carrying or lifting another vaulter, and kneeling and standing exercises. The horse is guided on a long rein by a lunger standing on the ground who ensures that a steady canter is maintained on a circle with a minimum diameter of 15 metres.

The discipline dates back to Greek and Roman times when soldiers – without stirrups and saddles – practised vaulting movements as part of their military training. Vaulters compete together on teams – no more than three may be on a horse at any one time – or in individual competitions which, unlike in all other equestrian disciplines, are separate for males and females. There are also pairs competitions, or pas-de-deux.

Vaulting made a fleeting appearance at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium as ‘Artistic Riding’ but the premier Vaulting competitions today are staged at the FEI World Equestrian Games™, the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting series and continental Championships.

Latest Department Updates

  • 16 Feb 2023
    FEI Vaulting Guidelines

    We would like to inform the Vaulting Community that an updated version of the FEI Vaulting Guidelines has been published on the FEI website today. The changes concern the number of canter strides for static exercises (Art. 3.1 & 3.4).

    Please forward this information to the Vaulting Community in your country.
    For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FEI Vaulting Department.

  • 18 Jan 2023
    Update - FEI Vaulting Guidelines

    We would like to inform the Vaulting Community that an updated version of the FEI Vaulting Guidelines has been published on the FEI Vaulting Rules page today. The changes concern the Scissors Forward (Art. 4.2.7 1.1.1). in which the typography and description of the figure have been completed and updated.

    Please forward this information to the Vaulting Community in your country.

    For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FEI Vaulting Department.

  • 11 Jan 2023
    FEI Vaulting Forum 2023 – Reminder

    This is a reminder that the next Vaulting Forum will take place online on 3 February 2023. The forum is open to the entire Vaulting Community and registrations can be made directly in the FEI Calendar. Please note that the application deadline is on 20 January 2023.

    We look forward to seeing you on this occasion.

  • 8 Dec 2022
    FEI Board Resolutions, 6 December 2022

    The FEI Board held its monthly teleconference on 6 December. The main resolution related to Vaulting taken on this occasion is listed below.

    FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Final 2024
    The Board allocated the FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Final 2024 to Basel (SUI), 10-14 January 2024.

  • 9 Nov 2022
    Qualification criteria for FEI Vaulting Championships 2023

    We would like to inform you that the FEI Vaulting Technical Committee has made some amendments to the overall qualification criteria for FEI Vaulting ChampionshipS in 2023.
    The overall qualification for criteria 2023 are available in the FEI Vaulting Rules section.
    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FEI Vaulting Department.

  • 31 Oct 2022
    FEI Vaulting Seminar 2022

    During the sunny weekend of 21 -23 October 2022, the vaulting world turned its focus on to the Annual in-person Seminar in Rome, Italy.

    Not far from 50 participants worldwide met to discuss the recent amendments to the Vaulting Rules and Guidelines 2023 and the Future of the Vaulting discipline.

    Participants also received important information during dedicated sessions on Education, by Frank Spadinger, FEI Director Education & Officials, on Legal aspects from Áine Power, FEI Deputy Legal Director and a more general FEI update from and the Director of Vaulting, Bettina de Rham.

    The Vaulting Rules underwent a full revision in the edition 2022 and only a few amendments/fixes are proposed to the Vaulting Rules for 2023.

    FEI General Assembly (GA) will approve the Rules on 13th November 2022 at the GA in Cape Town (RSA). The approved Rules will be published on the FEI website by the end of November 2022.

    Most of the sessions, presented by Members of the Vaulting Technical Committee (VTC)*, were dedicated to the implementation of the new judging methodology using Reference scores and to the description of the compulsory and technical test exercises. Fruitful and very beneficial discussions during all Guidelines sessions were taken into consideration by VTC and presented at the Conclusion session. All agreed amendments will be implemented in the Guidelines 2023.

    The 2023 Guidelines will be published on the FEI website by the end of November 2023.

    The VTC also shared with the participants the outcomes of the Testing of the Free Test Concept. The Free Test Concept working group presented a reworked concept based on the feedback from the Testing phase. The working group will continue on the project, and another test will be conducted in 2023.

    The idea and concept of the Catalogue for the Technical Test exercises** was very well received. The VTC got support from the participants to continue working on this project and implement it into the Guidelines once ready.

    One of the last sessions was dedicated to the analysis of the Degree of Difficulty (DoD) score and possible solutions in regard to the DoD. The VTC will organise a separate online session for FEI judges to continue the work on this topic.

    An important session about the discipline's future was the Seminar's highlight. The main focus of the discussion was the Squad category, the welfare of the horse, and possible solutions that could be implemented in the rules/guidelines in regards to these points.

    The VTC and FEI want to thank all participants for their engagement and valuable input in all sessions, as well as the NF ITA for organising this fantastic Seminar and giving the vaulting community this great opportunity to meet, talk and discuss these important topics.

    *VTC Members: Pavla Krauspe (Chair), Rob de Bruin (Deputy), Anita Flamand, Isabelle Parker, Dietmar Otto,

    **Presented by Jacques Ferrari

  • 26 Oct 2022
    FEI Secretary General approves FEI Calendar 2023

    We are pleased to inform you that the FEI Secretary General has approved the FEI Calendar for 2023 for all disciplines. It can be consulted online in the FEI Database.

    In accordance with the FEI General Regulations, Article 112 Official Calendar, National Federations (NFs) had until 1 October 2022 at the latest to send in applications and modifications to CIs taking place in 2023 to the Secretary General. The Secretary General approves the official Calendar for the following year.

    Approval of the 5* Jumping Calendar for 2024 is scheduled for late November/early December 2022 but could be postponed should the FEI General Assembly in Cape Town (RSA) approve FEI’s proposal to change the deadline for receipt of applications for 5* to 1 May (the year before the Event takes place).

    In addition, the Secretary General has extended the measure taken on 28 February 2022 to remove all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus from the FEI Calendar. As a consequence, no FEI events will be accepted/entered in either country in the FEI Calendar for 2023.

    The other measures approved by the FEI Executive Board in February remain in place, as follows:

    • Cancellation or relocation of Officials’ course scheduled to be held in Russia and Belarus (if any);
    • Freezing all FEI Solidarity projects planned for/ongoing in Russia and Belarus; and
    • Cancellation of any other FEI activities scheduled to take place in Russia and Belarus.

    Detailed information on the decision taken by the FEI Executive Board on 28 February is available here.

    The Secretary General has also confirmed that the FEI Board’s Emergency Board Resolution of 2 March 2022 prohibiting all Russian and Belarusian Athletes, Horses and Officials from participating in FEI Events remains in place until further notice.

    Should you have any questions, please send an email to calendar@fei.org.

  • 14 Oct 2022
    FEI Hybrid General Assembly 2022 - Agenda & Annexes / Recruitment begins for new FEI Director Dressage, Para Dressage & Vaulting

    FEI Hybrid General Assembly 2022 - Agenda & Annexes
    We are pleased to inform you that the Agenda & Annexes for the FEI Hybrid General Assembly taking place in Cape Town (RSA) from 10 to 13 November 2022, have been published in the GA hub on Inside.FEI.org.

    You will also find the supporting documents for the FEI Sessions (Equine Ethics & Wellbeing Commission; General Regulations & Calendar related proposals; Rules Session; and, Paris 2024 Rules) to be held on 12 November also available in the Meeting Documents section of the GA hub.

    For further information on the FEI Hybrid General Assembly 2022, visit the GA hub and don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

    Recruitment begins for new FEI Director Dressage, Para Dressage & Vaulting
    The FEI is looking to recruit a new Director for the Dressage, Para Dressage & Vaulting Department to replace outgoing Director Bettina De Rham, who will be leaving at the end of the year to explore new horizons and to whom we wish all the very best and thank for her many years of service.

    The detailed job description can be found here and the FEI encourages NFs and Associate Members to share this news with relevant professionals that meet the requirements of this important role.   

    The deadline to apply is 25 November 2022.

  • 13 Oct 2022
    Draft Schedules 2023 now available online

    The new and updated Draft Schedules 2023, to be used for all international events taking place next year, are now available on inside.FEI.org.
    Below you will find the direct links to the schedules for each discipline as well as the relevant contact email should you require further information and/or assistance:
    Click here for Jumping // Person in charge : jenni.saynajarvi@fei.org and/or kevin.Guttmann@fei.org
    Click here for Dressage // Person in charge: philippe.maynier@fei.org
    Click here for Para Dressage // Person in charge: laetitia.gillieron@fei.org
    Click here for Eventing // Contact email: eventingschedules@fei.org
    Click here for Vaulting // Person in charge: laetitia.gillieron@fei.org
    Click here for Driving // Contact email:  driving@fei.org
    Click here for Endurance // Contact email: endurance@fei.org

  • 6 Sep 2022
    FEI Vaulting Seminar – 21-23 October 2022 – Rome (ITA)

    We would like to inform you that the deadline to register your Officials and NF Representatives for the FEI Vaulting Seminar, taking place in Rome (ITA) from 21 to 23 October, has been extended by two weeks to Monday 19 September 2022.
    The registration for the FEI Vaulting Seminar is open to all FEI Vaulting Judges and NF Representatives. Please find here, the Official Invitation or visit the FEI Online Education Calendar (discipline - Vaulting - Search to view the list of Vaulting Courses available).
    Interested participants should be registered by the National Federation directly in the Education Calendar.
    For any questions please contact the Vaulting Department.