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

  • 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.  

  • 25 Mar 2022
    FEI Vaulting World Cup™ rules 2023 Rules

    The Board approved the proposed amendments to the qualification period for the FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Final 2023 to a full year, starting on 1 January of the year preceding the Final to the 31 December of that same year. (Article 2.1 of the FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Rules 2023) The Rules will be updated to reflect this change and published here shortly.

  • 18 Mar 2022
    Testing of the Free Vaulting Test Concept

    The FEI Vaulting Technical Committee would like to give an update to the Vaulting Community regarding the testing phase of the New scoring system.
    Eleven Judges, of global representation, applied for the testing phase. The applicants will start judging the new artistic structure onsite at CVIs and through selected online videos until the end of April 2022. They have already had pre-meeting(s) to review the supporting documents and the procedure. The Chair informed the Judges that regular meetings would be scheduled after each judging session. As a reminder, the focus of the exercise will be only on artistic aspects. The testing will include all categories and all-star levels.
    A final meeting will take place at the end of May with all testing Judges, the FEI Vaulting Technical Committee and FEI Headquarters to review the outcome of the testing phase and to come up with a conclusion which will then be proposed to National Federations in July for the 2023 Rules.
    The FEI Vaulting Technical Committee would like to remind the Vaulting Athletes and Coaches that they are requested to complete the dedicated questionnaire in order to have their feedback on this important project.
    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the FEI Vaulting department.

  • 15 Mar 2022
    ​Overall Vaulting Qualification Criteria

    The Overall Vaulting Qualification Criteria 2022  for Vaulting events  has been slightly modified to reflect the correct qualification criteria from CVIJ2* to CVIY2*. This modification can be found below and the complete Overall Vaulting Qualification Criteria is published on Inside.FEI.org in the Vaulting Rules section.

    Young Vaulters


    1 x 6,5 in the 1st round at a CVI2*, CVIJ2* or

    1 x 7,0 in the 1st round at CVIJ2* or in any one round at a CH-EU-V J or CH-M-V J

  • 11 Mar 2022
    FEI Vaulting Education Sessions – Compulsory Exercises 2023

    The FEI Vaulting Technical Committee is pleased to announce that three Education Sessions focusing on the Compulsory Exercises for 2023 will be held online on the following dates:

    13 September 2022 (18:00-20:00 CEST) – Registration deadline 1 September 2022
    27 September 2022 (18:00-20:00 CEST) - Registration deadline 13 September 2022
    11 October 2022 (18:00-20:00 CEST) - Registration deadline 27 September 2022 
    The Sessions will focus on the main changes in the Compulsory Exercises 2023. 
    The registration for the FEI Vaulting Education Sessions are open to all FEI Vaulting Judges and one Coach/NF Representative per National Federation. 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 contact their National Federation in order to be registered. 
    For any questions please contact the Vaulting Department.

  • 10 Feb 2022
    FEI and IVOC sign Memorandum of Understanding

    The FEI and the International Vaulting Officials Club (IVOC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

    The MoU formalises the relationship between the two organisations and allows the IVOC to contribute more efficiently within the FEI framework. IVOC’s focus is on ensuring good and fair working conditions for all Vaulting Officials.

    Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) cover general topics and areas of specific interest between the parties such as mutual recognition, FEI Rules and Regulations, horse welfare, good governance, consultation, General Assemblies, and the FEI Sports Forum.

    The list of the MoU stakeholders to date is available here.

    A press release detailing the partnership between the FEI and IVOC is available here.

  • 7 Feb 2022
    FEI Vaulting - Free Test concept 2023

    Since 1 January 2022, the FEI can test a new scoring system on a trial basis at selected events with the prior agreement of the relevant Organising Committee. This new scoring system is not being used to calculate the official results but for “testing” purposes. The details of the new scoring system are explained here.
    The FEI, in consultation with the FEI Vaulting Committee, may make revisions to the new scoring system if the testing requires amendments. Any changes will be published here. If the FEI Vaulting Committee and the FEI conclude that the trial of the new scoring system has been successful, it will be proposed for inclusion in the FEI Vaulting Rules 2023.

  • 4 Feb 2022
    Save the Date! - FEI Vaulting Forum 2022

    The FEI Vaulting Technical Committee is pleased to announce that an online Forum will be held on Saturday 19 March 2022 from 15:30 to 18:00 CET.
    The Forum will explore in detail the reference score, its methodologies and the Cartwheel exercise.
    The registration for the Vaulting Forum 2022 is now open and all members of the Vaulting Community are invited to join. Please find attached, the official invitation, or visit the FEI Online Education Calendar ( discipline - Vaulting - Search to view the list of Vaulting Courses available).
    Interested participants should contact their National Federation in order to be registered. The deadline for registration is 4 March 2022.
    Any questions can be directed to the Vaulting Department.

  • 20 Dec 2021
    FEI Vaulting Guidelines 2022

    FEI Vaulting Guidelines & Code of Points:

    We would like to inform you that, following the 2021 FEI Vaulting seminar which took place online, and based on the comments of the participants, the FEI Vaulting Technical Committee have made some amendments to the first proposal of the 2022 FEI Vaulting Guidelines.

    The 2022 FEI Vaulting Guidelines and the Code of Points are available on the FEI Website (here), effective from 1 January 2022.

    Our sport is developing rapidly, and the Guidelines need to reflect this development by supplying a more professional, detailed and precise system for setting up the scores. The main goal of the revision of the FEI Vaulting Guidelines is to add more details, clarifications and meaningful reference scores for the exercises, which shall ensure a more consistent judging and at the same time provide a more detailed guidance for athletes.

    FEI Vaulting Guidelines, effective 2022, main changes:

    • Part I of the Guidelines is revised to avoid redundancies and will ensure easier navigation in the different chapters.
    • Judging system with Reference score and General deductions: Effective 1 January 2022, the new Reference score system is implemented for the Technical exercise "Cartwheel movement from neck to back" and for Free Test exercises only. The description of the Cartwheel is incorporated to the 2022 FEI Vaulting Guidelines.
    • Effective 1 January 2023, the methodology to evaluate exercises using the Reference score system, will also be applicable to Compulsory exercises and the remaining four Technical exercises.
    • The description and scoring of the Compulsory exercises for 2023 can be found as Annex III to these Guidelines 2022. The FEI Vaulting Technical Committee would like to give the Vaulting community time to become familiar with this system. The descriptions and scoring of the four remaining Technical exercises will be published on the FEI website in due time.

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

  • 9 Dec 2021
    FEI Events Standards Stakeholder Survey

    The FEI has created a stakeholders survey to ensure the maintenance and continued improvement, of an already existing high standard, at FEI Events. This survey will help the FEI better understand the expectations of its key stakeholders, and the information collected will help guide the future approach of the FEI to ensuring that these are met.

    The survey launches today and will be open until Monday 14 February 2022. We encourage everyone to take part in this survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes, and thank you in advance for your time.

    Take the FEI Events Standards Stakeholder Survey - https://inside.fei.org/hub/fei-events-standards-stakeholders-survey