Golden Bay’s very own Vaulting Team

Did you know golden bay is home to the south island’s premier vaulting team?

The ‘Hack Vaulties’ club first came together in 2015 under the guidance of Baerbel Hack with the aim of making horse riding accessible to riders from all walks of life – regardless of their financial means or prior experience.

Since then, they have been offering the Golden Bay community awe-inspiring theatrical performances on horseback at a number of large local shows and have recently been invited to perform and host a series of vaulting workshops at Equifest – New Zealand’s largest equine event.

Vaulting is an equestrian discipline at the intersection between dance and gymnastics expressed on a moving horse. With a focus on personal development in a team environment, the Hack Vaulties club empowers young riders (from 5y/o up to 17y/o) safely develop their confidence, balance, coordination, and teamwork as they prepare for performances of breath-taking feats of gymnastic prowess, on horseback beautifully set to music.

"Horses Lend us the wings we lack" 
- Pam Brown
Every rider can remember the very first time they went for a canter. The gift of flight offered in partnership with your horse that leaves you feeling so much lighter, so much... 'more' than you were before.
We cherish these moments, and with experiences like our "Ride & FLy" we love helping our guests find their own wings in a fun and safe manner. 
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#Sunrise #Vaulting at #PatonsRock beach

Some of our Vaulting adventures with the team.

What is Vaulting?

Balance, Horsemanship,  Teamwork

Vaulting combines the athleticism of a gymnast, the expression of a dancer and the horsemanship an equestrian to deliver awe inspiring theatrical performances on a moving horse. It demands an outstanding physical condition from the vaulter, a harmonious relationship with the horse, and first-class teamwork.

Vaulting exercises include artistic mounts and dismounts, shoulder stands and handstands on the horse, carrying or lifting another vaulter, and kneeling and standing exercises which come together with music for a spectacular theatrical display.

Vaulting dates back to Greek and Roman times when soldiers – without stirrups and saddles – practiced vaulting movements as part of their military training as a way of showcasing their military prowess. Vaulters compete together in mixed gender teams – with members across a variety of ages – from as young as 5 years old to 17.

Vaulting is also documented to be the safest equestrian discipline – it is documented safer than riding bicycles, playing on playground equipment, and even playing soccer. 

The Hack Vaulties are Supported by

Special Thanks to our Sponsors who have enabled us to keep offering the life changing benefits of vaulting club to the young riders of Golden Bay Community and allowed us to showcase what a little team from a tiny town can do on the national stage too.

Want to support the empowerment of youth in the golden bay community? Flick us an email or give us a call to find out more!

The Benefits of Vaulting

EMpowering young vaulters

Vaulting is an equestrian discipline at the intersection between dance and gymnastics expressed on a moving horse. With a focus on personal development in a team environment, the Hack Vaulties club empowers young riders (from 5y/o up to 17y/o) safely develop their confidence, balance, coordination, and teamwork as they prepare for performances of breath-taking feats of gymnastic prowess, on horseback beautifully set to music.

Aside from weekly training sessions to perfect the physical achievements and stunts performed on horseback, the team is also responsible for all aspects of preparation for their performances, from designing their uniform to choreographing their movements and even marketing and creative decisions.