Competitive Vaulting

From FEI Rules for Vaulting Events, page 29, Article 751

The maximum score is 10.0. Decimals are allowed.

The Technical Test receives 10 scores:

Five separate scores for the designated Technical exercises:

  • Composition x 2
  • Performance x 1
  • Horse score x 2
The total is divided by 10.

1. Scoring technical exercises

1.1 The technical elements may be shown in any order.
1.2 The technical exercises are described in Appendix F.
1.3 All vaulters performing on the same horse enter the arena together. No one else may enter the arena.
1.4 A technical exercise can be repeated once later without deduction (also in case of a fall off the horse). The later exercise is to be scored. The first shown exercise is to be scored in the performance and composition score.
1.5 Special deductions for each exercise see also Appendix F.
Common deductions:
1.5.1 Deductions see also Article 737.5 and "Guidelines for Judges".
1.5.2 Deduction of 1 point:
  • For each stride less than the defined one in a static technical exercise; the strides are not counted before the exercise is set up or displayed.
1.5.3 Deduction of 2 points:
  • A collapse on the horse
1.5.4 Score of 0:
  • For each technical exercise which is not performed
  • For coming off the horse during a technical exercise without the prescribed dismount and without a later repetition see Article 751.1.4;
  • For repeating a technical exercise twice;
2. Scoring Composition

The composition is scored with following criteria:

1. Technical Value 40 %
High demand on build up and down of the technical exercises
Selection of the additional static and dynamic exercises

2. Artistic Value 60 %
Harmony with the horse
Fluent Movement
Music Interpretation

3. Scoring Performance

To score is the quality of the additional static or dynamic exercises, without considering the technical exercises, except in case of repetitions. The performance score can either be given as a total mark or as a sum of the various performances mistakes. The protocol need not mention the various individual deductions.


  • Fall after dismount: up to 1.5 points
  • Fall without loss of horse connection: up to 2 points
  • Fall off the horse: 3 points
4. Scoring of Horse

The maximum score is 10.0. Decimals are allowed.

For criteria for scoring of the horse, see "Guidelines for Judges".

Presentation of a horse on a circle of less than 15 m diameter will be penalised by up to 1 point, see "Guidelines for Judges".


From FEI Rules for Vaulting Events, page 51, Appendix F

1. Jump Force (condition) - May be shown as a mount or as a ground jump.

Roll-up mount from the inside to rearways seat on the horse's neck.


Description of Movement Inferior Exercise Quality
- Jump to roll rw -  
- From the jump, the body is turned and the roll movement is initiated, lifting the center of gravity as high as possible over the surcingle  
- Following the impulsion the axis of the roll movement is nearly horizontal and nearly parallel to the shoulder axis of the horse - A vertical axis of the roll movement which entails dislocation towards the outside of the horse
- During the entire roll movement, the vaulter's shoulders, hips and the roll axis are parallel  
- Legs are stretched during the roll movement - Lack of stretch of the legs
- Landing after the roll is in an upright rearways seat on the horse's neck with both legs in front of the surcingle -Landing other than in a correct rw seat
-Leaning to one side
-Outside leg behind the surcingle (not on horse's shoulder)

- Steps in ground jump - 1 point
- Landing with outside leg behind the surcingle - 1 point

Harmony with the horse
Coordination of roll movement
Height of the centre of gravity


2. Timing, Rhythm (coordination)

Cart wheel from the horse's neck to the horse's back


Description of Movement Inferior Exercise Quality
Starting from any position fw or bw on the neck of the horse, one leg is swung for performing a cartwheel  
During the cartwheel movement both hands are on top of the grips or one hand is on one grip and the other on the horse's back or the pad One hand or both hands take(s) the side(s) of a/the grips(s)
Both arms are stretched Using one or both elbows for support
The cartwheel begins with an upward swing of the leading leg going through a vertical position  
The second leg (supporting leg) follows the first one, clearly later in time, and is to remain stretched throughout the rotation Lack of straightness of legs
The centre of gravity is brought over the supporting surface (hands) while the hips remain stretched Not reaching the vertical line
At the highest point, the vaulters' hip axis is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the horse Hip axis not parallel to the longitudinal axis of the horse
Both legs move fluently, and remain stretched throughout Interruption in movement fluency and/or insufficient leg stretching
1st leg landing with almost straight leg, on the sole of one foot Hard landing
2nd leg may land in any position in harmony with the horse Simultaneous landing on both feet

- Landing other than on one foot - 2 points
- Collapsed on elbows - 2 points
- Elbow(s) used throughout score 0

Harmony with the horse
Coordination of wheel movement
Height of the centre of gravity


3. Suppleness

Needle - sideways, facing inside or outside; on the back of the horse, one hand on top of a grip, other hand flat on top of the back/pad.

Description of movement
- Supporting foot is on the horse
- Other leg stretched as high as possible
- The line of the upper body and the raised leg should come as close to the vertical as possible
- shoulder axis and hip axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the horse
- to be held for 4 canter strides

Harmony with the horse


4. Balance (coordination)

Reverse Stand with free arm movement.

From seat astride, the vaulter comes softly to kneel simultaneously with both legs and immediately hops softly to both feet. Head remains up, looking forward. The feet remain stationary with the weight evenly distributed over the entire sole of the foot throughout the exercise. Feet are close at hip width and point forward. The grips are simultaneously released as the vaulter rises into a high standing position, forming a straight line through the shoulder, hip and heel. Immediately the arms are extended and stretched outward along the frontal plane with the tips of the fingers at eye level. Upon completion of the static exercise the arms are lowered alongside the body and the vaulter takes the grips simultaneously with both hands. Head remains up, looking forward, while the vaulter slides smoothly with straight legs into an astride position.

To be held for 4 canter strides.


5. Strength (condition)

Shoulder stand rearways with closed and stretched legs


Description of Movement Inferior Exercise Quality
Both hands on the grips  
Left or right shoulder rests on horse's back/pad  
The body's center of gravity lies vertically over the shoulder resting on the horse's back Deviation from the vertical axis
Hips stretched
Legs stretched, closed and parallel
Deviation from stretched hip position, and/or legs not stretched
Body tension throughout Lack of body tension
Shoulder axis and hip axis parallel to the horse's shoulder axis Deviation from defined shoulder and hip axis or distortion in relation to the horse's shoulder axis
To be held for 4 canter strides  

Harmony with the horse
Balance and Posture