The Vaulting Adventures of Andréa Salvador!

Andréa at the 2016 French championships - credit: Nathalie Gtr
Andréa at the 2016 French championships – credit: Nathalie Gtr

Andréa Salvador is a 19-year-old French vaulter. She is passionate about equestrian sports since she was old enough to ride a horse. She started riding at 7 and vaulting at 9.

Why did she choose vaulting over riding? Simply because it was more adapted to her sight handicap. Indeed, Andréa is visually impaired and found out that when she vaulted she totally forgot about her handicap and felt completely free of anything.

“What does not kill you makes you stronger!”

This is her motto! You might have heard about the serious accident that happened just before CVI Saumur started last year when a girl got kicked in the face. Well, she is the hero of this unfortunate story! After several weeks of hospitalization and surgery, Andréa Salvador never gave up and was back training in June 2016 and competed at the French Championships in July 2016 (where she finished 7th).

An ambitious young lady.

After vaulting on several horses, Andréa Salvador got her own horse in 2014, and is now finishing her studies to become an animal care assistant. Her aim for 2017 is to continue competing nationally but also internationally. She has the capacity to do so, she has the horse and most of her material but missing a surcingle… Which you all know is kind of important for our sport! To be able to buy her own surcingle, she created a crowdfunding campaign which is working amazingly well, so if you want to be part of her adventure, don’t hesitate in participating just here and keep an eye out for her this upcoming season.

Charlotte Rimaud

I am an Irish vaulter, becoming a judge but I am also French and live in Paris where I work for a horse racing daily newspaper. I am also the author and owner of the blog vltg.fr .