The College of West Anglia

Vaulting season underway at CWA!

It was rosettes all round for Cambridgeshire’s equine gymnasts as the Cambridge Vaulting Club (CVC) kicked off their competitive season in style.

The competition was hosted at the College of West Anglia’s Cambridge Campus, on Saturday 1 April 2017.

Horse vaulting is the art of performing a gymnastics routine on horseback, usually set to music. The competitive sport has been growing in popularity and has seen competitors from CVC travel to numerous European countries for competitions.

With the weather on side, the Milton-based club welcomed Sparsholt Vaulting Group to their very first competition, along with returning vaulters from Harwich, Shropshire, Unicorn and Contessa.

An electric atmosphere and beaming sunshine helped set the scene as competitors as young as four took to the saddle to compete. CVC’s youngest vaulter won over the judges with her debut routine, which she had based on the story of Elsa from ‘Frozen’.

The college’s equine director Jade Rouchy said: “It was a very exciting competition for CVC as we had our first ever college-based equine students competing. The four level 2 students did an excellent job, placing first to fourth in their section.”

The girls train at college every Tuesday as part of their technical skills classes. Overall, CVC outperformed all previous competitions, with a first place rosette in every class they entered.

Coaches, horses and vaulters are all looking forward to their next competition on Sunday 18 June.

To find out more about upcoming competitions, or joining the club, visit