Compulsory Exercises

Mill

In the Mill, the vaulter makes a complete 360-degree turn on the horse's back, in four evenly timed phases. Each phase takes four canter strides to complete. Each leg is stretched over the horse as high as possible, with the upper body remaining vertical and centered. The vaulter's head and body rotate with each pass of the leg while keeping the lower leg down, stationary and in contact with the horse.

 

Phase 1:

Beginning from seat astride. The outside leg is brought smoothly over the horse's neck. As an arm is approached, the grip is released and the leg passes by. The first phase ends with the vaulter seated facing to the inside of the vaulting circle, hands on the grips, hips and shoulders facing in, and legs in contact with the horse.

Phase 2:

From the ending position of Phase 1, the leading leg (left if going to the left) is carried over the horse's croup, with the hands changing position on the grips. At completion, the vaulter is seated facing backward on the horse, hands on the surcingle grips, legs in contact with the horse.

Phase 3:

From the ending position of Phase 2, the "trailing" leg is brought over the horse's croup, with the hands changing position on the grips. At completion, the vaulter is sitting facing to the outside, hands on the grips, hips and shoulders facing outward, and legs in contact with the horse.

Phase 4:

In the final phase of the Mill, the vaulter returns to seat astride, bringing the leading leg over the horse's neck, and (as in the first phase) releasing and retaking the grip as the leg passes.

 

Dismount to Inside
(only Team Compulsories - NOT Individual)

From seat astride, the vaulter brings the outside leg in a high arc over the horse's neck (much like the first phase in the Mill). The upper body remains upright with the inside leg stretched down and in contact with the horse. As an arm is approached, the grip is released and the leg passes by. When the outside leg is pointing to where the horse's leading foreleg is touching the ground, both the vaulter's legs are stretched and brought together. With closed legs, the vaulter pushes slightly upward as the grips are released. The vaulter lands on the ground, in the same rhythm as the Mill (landing on 4) and continues in the same direction as the horse.

Deductions are made for:

  • low elevation of leg passes
  • leaning too far back with upper body
  • inside or outside seat incorrect
  • upper body not turning simultaneously with the hips/legs
  • buttocks leaving the horse before or after the reverse seat
  • resting leg unstable