The Lincolnshire Equestrian Vaulting Team (L.E.V.T) was set up in 2005 by Terena Bolam who is now a qualified Level 2 coach. Between May 2005 and July 2007 the team were known as the N.H.H.C Vaulting Display Team but took on a new name shortly after this.
The L.E.V.T offer vaulting lessons to both adults and children, either as a group or privately throughout the year. We also put on displays and demonstrations to help raise awareness of the sport and we hold have-a-go days and vaulting camps.
The Lincolnshire Equestrian Vaulting Team is non-profit making and puts on displays, demonstrations and have-a-go days to help raise funds. We are based at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre in Spilsby, Lincolnshire and are currently the only team in the county.
In December 2006 the team were awarded a grant of through the National Lotteries Awards For All Scheme. The money was used to buy much needed safety equipment.
We are members of the British Equestrian Vaulting Ltd (B.E.V) which is the countries governing body for the sport. The B.E.V have a website at www.vaulting.org.uk for anyone who would like to know more.
What is Vaulting?
Equestrian vaulting is best described as gymnastics and dance on horseback and helps to promote Balance, Posture, Strength, Stamina, Poise, Team Work, Co-Ordination and Confidence.
The horse is controlled by a lunger on a 15 metre circle, usually at a canter. The horse does not wear a saddle or have any stirrups but it does wear a roller with specially placed handles to aid certain moves. You can have up to three people on the horse at any one time but they do not wear a hard hat. The horse is the most important team member and the whole team must have trust in one another. There are both boys and girls on the team and it is a sport for any age and you do not need any previous riding or gymnastics experience.
Equestrian vaulting can be traced back through history with the aid of cave drawings. There is evidence of vaulting at the Roman Games and during the Medieval period it was used to train Knights in the art of horsemanship, During the Baroque period it was used to show status and for a short while during the 1920's it was recognized as an Olympic sport and hopefully will be again.
The team is based at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre in Spilsby, Lincolnshire and is currently the only team in the county. We attended shows both at Northcote and away from home.
Equestrian vaulting which is practiced today was developed in Germany after the war to introduce children to equestrian sports and moved to neighboring countries during the 1960's and then to the United States.
In 1983 vaulting became one of the disciplines recognized by the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale.)
The team use two tin horses to practice their moves on before going on the real horse and we offer weekly lessons to anyone wishing to have -a -go. Private lessons are available too.