This page provides a technical overview of how to calculate the force a vaulter experiences during a fall, including an introduction to g-force calculations with references and sources, an official test method that uses readily available tools, comparisons to other sports, and finally, recommendations specific to vaulting.
The Alberta Equestrian Vaulting Association was created as a non-profit society in 2004 with three founding member clubs; fifteen years of growth later, there are seven vaulting clubs in Alberta, all of which are active and competitive. Read more about our Association, our High Point Program and the Indon Award.
Sport Canada has produced version two of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) resource paper entitled "Canadian Sport for Life". This paper is a must read for all coaches, upper-level athletes, and anyone else who works closely with them.
Download a copy of this paper as a .PDF file here: Canadian Sport for Life V2.0
When you want to enter an event like a CVI or world championships, the requirements are quite different than what you would expect at regular Canadian vaulting competitions. You will be entering on behalf of your country so this involves both Equine Canada and the International Equestrian Federation.
It is widely known that helmets should not be used when vaulting, but less widely understood why. This page introduces the basics, while our Fall g-Force Calculator page goes into all the details, provides a tool to help assess the level of risk, and states the Risk Management Guidelines for Vaulting.
This national program was approved on 2012-03-19 by the VaultCanada Sport Committee. Levels 1 through 5 are administered and managed provincially, while levels 6 through 8 are administered and managed nationally.
Thank you to Bretta DeLuca for putting together this excellent overview of what to expect at a vaulting competition!