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Full Vaulting ProgramCedar Lodge has had vaulting (often referred to gymnastics on horseback) in their program since 1978 and over the last several years, it has grown to be a very popular program. Because of the increasing demand, Cedar Lodge has implemented several different programs to assure that we are able to meet all of our vaulters needs. All campers that come to camp are welcome to one introduction to vaulting class with their summer camp fee. We love vaulting, and we are sure you will, too! All campers that pay for any of our riding programs are automatically invited to participate in one vaulting class per day, six days per week. But what about those campers that would like to vault, but have no interest in riding? Welcome to the:
Full Vaulting Program
For those campers that are interested in vaulting, but have no interest in any of our riding programs, we have developed the Full Vaulting program. Those in the Full Vaulting program are welcome to come to vaulting one time per day, 6 days a week. Classes are open to campers regardless of their riding level, vaulting level or age. The cost of this program is 63.00/week.
Working first on the vaulting barrel, campers learn proper mounting and dismounting, balance, and form, before moving on to our specially trained vaulting horse. There, they are taught the same movements that they practiced on the barrel at a stand still, walk, trot and finally, sometimes a canter for very advanced vaulters. The vaulting horse is controlled at all times by a lunger, who has the horse on a long line called a "Lunge" line and controls the horse with voice commands. Vaulting is a unique combination of horse, dance, drama and gymnastic skills. That perhaps explains it's popularity. It appeals to many for many different reasons.
Vaulting, though sounding and looking difficult to the untrained eye, has proved to be extremely popular with all ages and abilities. Vaulting has helped improve the rhythm, confidence and balance of our more novice riders and has added an additional riding challenge for our more advanced horse enthusiasts. Even the youngest most inexperienced rider is able to maneuver a "Basic Seat" with in one lesson. Campers may work on their Compulsories (the 6 basic movements), a free style routine, a pairs or triple or perhaps a team presentation. Vaulting is a popular attraction on Sunday presentations and campers show their skills in individual and group demonstrations.
Just like our riding program, for campers that would like to focus just on vaulting for most program hours of their camp day, we have implemented two programs to cover their needs. For the "love it" group that would like to perhaps have an hour or two to rest or do other programs we have the Vaulters 'R Us program.
Campers that just can't get enough of vaulting may chose to vault with Cedar Lodge year around. CL offers 3 weekly vaulting lessons and often particpates or offers clinics with top International vaulters, and competes at 4-5 vaulting competitions per year. You can find out more about our very popular vaulting club by visiting our Cedar Lodge Vaulting Club page.