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

  • 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.

  • 19 Aug 2022
    FEI Vaulting Guidelines 2023

    The FEI Vaulting Technical Committee is pleased to inform the Vaulting community that the FEI Vaulting Guidelines, effective from 1 January 2023, are available here.

    The main changes are the following:

    • Deductions in Horse score A2
    • Specific deductions – compulsory/technical test
    • Compulsory exercises – new description of the exercises
    • Technical Test exercises - new description of the exercises
    • New Technical Test exercise – Stand Backward replacing Kneeling forward to Stand

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

    The Guidelines 2023 will be presented during the FEI Vaulting Seminar in Rome (ITA), in October 2022 and may lead to a few modifications being made, based on the outcome of the Seminar. The Vaulting community will be informed of any resulting changes.

    Please make sure to send this communication to the concerned persons in your country.

  • 19 May 2022
    Free test concept Testing

    On Tuesday 17 May, the final online meeting of the Free test concept Testing took place to evaluate the testing phase and the system.

    The Chair went through her presentation that included all steps on how the testing phase had been structured and the different feedback received during this testing phase. She thanked the Judges for their dedication, their time and engagement to this project.

    During this meeting, the Judges involved in the process, had the opportunity to share their point of view and their recommendations with the FEI Vaulting Technical Committee.

    In summary, the Judges recommendation to the FEI Vaulting Technical Committee was not to implement the new concept. The main rational behind the recommendation were as follows:

    • The proposed system is difficult to implement for Squads and Pas-de-Deux
    • As proposed today, the system could work for Individuals in CVI3* only
    • In general, the concern of the Judges was that in the proposed system, judging the Artistic score would become overly systematic with too many boxes to tick. Whilst the general idea is supported, all agreed that further review and testing was still needed.

    The Chair thanked the Artistic working group for their time and efforts spent on the project. The testing group will look into a new/revised version of the concept in the near future.

    The Chair closed the meeting by saying that all their feedback would be discussed with the FEI Vaulting Technical Committee.

  • 14 Apr 2022
    FEI Vaulting Qualification criteria 2022

    The Overall Vaulting Qualification Criteria 2022 for Vaulting events has been slightly modified to reflect the correct qualification criteria for CVIY2*. These modifications can be found below and the full Vaulting Qualification Criteria is available on the FEI Vaulting Rules page.

  • 14 Apr 2022
    FEI Vaulting Forum 2022 and amended Vaulting Guidelines

    On 19 March, the FEI successfully hosted its first ever FEI Vaulting Forum dedicated to the Reference Score and the Cartwheel. Eighty participants joined the Forum with a worldwide representation. 
    FEI Chair of the FEI Vaulting Technical Committee, Pavla Krauspe, explained the main focus of the reference score and provided videos regarding the different systems. Isabelle Parker, member of the FEI Vaulting Technical Committee, presented the Cartwheel and explained how its description had slightly been reviewed by the Committee. 
    Based on the comments raised during the FEI Vaulting Forum 2022, the FEI Vaulting Technical Committee has slightly amended the FEI Vaulting Guidelines with regards to the Reference Scores and the description of the Cartwheel exercise. These amendments can be found highlighted in blue in the updated Guidelines published on the FEI Vaulting Rules page.
    Krauspe also expressed her gratitude to all participants and emphasised that organising a Forum once a year would be a good way forward in order to keep the Vaulting community informed and to gather feedback on specific topics. She also thanked the Athletes and all the Vaulting stakeholders who worked relentlessly over the past two years, facing the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, and allowing for a return to competition in 2021 with two major championships. 
    The agenda, presentations and wrap up of the Forum can be found in the dedicated Vaulting Forums section online.