Vaulters hit Nevada County |

Vaulters hit Nevada County

Local vaulter Mackenzie Thurman performs a move on her horse.
Submitted photo by Kate Revell |

Equestrian vaulting is a unique and growing sport that combines dance, gymnastics and pageantry all performed on a moving horse, according to the American Vaulting Association website.

“It’s basically gymnastics on horseback,” local vaulter Mackenzie Thurman said.

A vaulter utilizes grace, coordination, balance, strength and creativity, all of which will be on display at the American Vaulting Association Region II Championships, which take place Friday through Sunday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Thurman is a member of the Mt. Eden team based out of Saratoga and will be competing against some of the top vaulters from Northern California and northern Nevada this weekend.

This year-round sport is scored both on the individual and team levels with riders competing in various categories, including individual compulsory, individual freestyle, team compulsory and team freestyle.

Vaulters of all ages will be competing at the Region II championships from the tiny tots division all the way up to the more experienced canter gold division.

The event is free to attend and runs from Friday morning until Sunday afternoon.

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