07/26/2012 12:20 pm ET

Virginia Group Does Gymnastics On The Back Of A Moving Horse


Even though no longer an Olympic sport, Topaz Vaulters from Chantilly still keep the sport of equestrian vaulting alive and competitive.

Vaulting is a sport that combines gymnastics and dance on the back of a horse. One, two or three vaulters perform on a horse at a time while the horse is led by a longuer, a person whose sole job is to control the horse. Vaulting has been used as a demonstration in the 1984 Olympic Games in L.A. and in 1996 at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. There are no current plans to return it to the Olympic Games but Appel-Bucierka said groups are making an effort to get it re-instated.

“We’ve been trying and trying and trying,” Appel-Bucierka said. “We’re all pushing to try to get vaulting back as an Olympic sport.

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