Rules: Who Has To Be In Touch With The Horse?

Thea Hildebrandt from Theagrafie took some great pictures of the regional championships in Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania. One picture is very stunning because of the exercise. We really have no clue, what they are doing there. Is it a mount or dismount or a triple on the horse? One thing is sure: the squad from Hamburg is back.


In Germany there was (or is?) the rule that two of three vaulters have to be in touch with the horse. When I was active, there was a case with great deductions. What is the international rule?

Article 740:

No more than three (3) Vaulters may be on the Horse at one time. At least two of the Vaulters must remain in contact with the Horse, otherwise these elements of the exercises are not scored.

So, if this is an exercise on the horse on the picture it wouldn’t count. We will see this freestyle at the German Junior Championships at the last weekend of July. Until then everything is speculation.

Let’s say this is the new development in vaulting. If the ratio of the vaulters is ideal I can imagine how this exercise above could work, even that I wonder if they both came from the neck & how they stood there. Might vaulters go even further? Will we move to stronger bases & smaller flyers to go for more spectecular exercises?

Adele Feuerstein

I am Adele Feuerstein the founder of the blog. I used to vault & train teams in Germany. Now I am only an observer & love to share my knowledge about international vaulting with you.