Equestrian Vaulting

Facts

Discipline of Equestrian
Participants 17
NOCs 3
Competitions held 2 (Venues)
Distinct events 2
IF Fédération Équestre Internationale

Description

Equestrian vaulting is usually described as gymnastics or dance on horseback. Vaulting began as an equestrian act at circuses. It has been contested only once at the Olympics, at Antwerpen in 1920, when both an individual and team competition were contested, and the events were loosely translated as “Figure Riding”.

Vaulting is mostly practiced in Europe, especially Germany and Switzerland. In 1983 vaulting was recognized by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) as a separate discipline of horse sport. European championships were first held in Ebreichsdorf, Austria in 1984, and the first FEI World Vaulting Championship was held in Bulle, Switzerland in 1986.

Equestrian disciplines are governed by the FEI, which was formed in 1921 by Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the United States, and had 138 member nations as of 2020. The FEI governs several different disciplines of equestrianism, including jumping, eventing, dressage, driving, and vaulting. The top nations in equestrian events at the Olympics have been Germany, Sweden, the United States, and France.

All-time medal table

Olympic Games

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Belgium BEL 2 0 1 3
France FRA 0 2 0 2
Sweden SWE 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Daniël Bouckaert BEL 2 0 0 2
Louis Finet BEL 1 0 1 2
Van Ranst BEL 1 0 0 1
Field FRA 0 2 0 2
Cauchy FRA 0 1 0 1
Salins FRA 0 1 0 1
Carl Green SWE 0 0 1 1
Anders Mårtensson SWE 0 0 1 1
Oskar Nilsson SWE 0 0 1 1

Event types

Name Gender Still contested? Times held?
Individual Men 1
Team Men 1