Compulsory Exercises

Flank

The Flank is a two-part flight exercise, in which the vaulter dismounts the horse to the outside of the vaulting circle.

 

Phase 1:

From seat astride position, following the Stand, the stretched legs are brought slightly forward to gain momentum. The stretched legs are swing backward propelling the vaulter upward into nearly a handstand position, with the arms extended for the highest elevation. Without interruption of movement, at the point of maximum elevation, the vaulter's hips are bent sharply downward (piked), with the hips momentarily over the surcingle. The vaulter slides softly into an inside seat position, with the first leg contact being made by the outside of the lower part of the outside leg, sliding gently to seat sitting evenly with the lower body facing the longeur, both legs in contact with the horse, and the vaulter's head and shoulders facing forward.

Phase 2:

From inside seat (the end of the Phase 1), the legs are brought slightly forward together to gain momentum, and then swing to the rear and upward, legs closed, into a handstand position, with arms extended for maximum elevation. At the maximum arm extension, the vaulter pushes away from the grips for greater elevation and flight. The vaulter lands on both feet on the outside of the horse and continues to run in the same direction as the horse.

 

Deductions are made for:

Phase 1:

  • reduced height
  • arched back/waistline
  • lack of arm extension
  • turning the hips inwards while they are above the shoulders
Phase 2:
  • reduced height
  • swinging only one leg forward to gain momentum
  • arched back/waistline
  • lack of arm extension