"Spirit of Vaulting": Vaulting Educational Symposium
REGISTER NOW FOR "Spirit of Vaulting" Educational Symposium to further your vaulting education with a focus on focus on fun and hands on learning. Clinicians include Todd Griffiths, Kim Wellmann, and Crystal Pakizer, & others! $150 per participant for full weekend. Register now pay later (by 11/7)
Nov 19, 8:00 AM – Nov 20, 5:00 PM
The Sports Barn & Peaches Arena,
Colorado, USA
 

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Deadline is November 7
EARLY BIRD- Register by October 9 and be put in a drawing for one FREE registration!!

 
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TODD GRIFFITHS, D.V.M.

Clinician - Vaulter & Coach Tracks

Todd is an active coach and vaulter with multiple World Championships including most recently: Team USA 2022 at World Championships in Nation's Cup Team/Senior Squad as coach and vaulter (4th in the world) and Senior Pas de Deux as vaulter with partner Calle Davis. Todd also competed 2020/2021 World Championships in Senior Pas de Deux; and coached Junior Pas de Deux and Individual male vaulter at Junior World Championships in 2019. Todd is a veterinarian and also coached gymnastics for over 20 years , both mens and women artistic as well as tumbling, trampoline and cheer. Todd currently coaches in Utah including all levels of vaulters from Tiny Tots to World Championship level, and is exceptional at conveying the techniques and philosophy behind the moves, drills and overall vaulter development in both freestyle composition and compulsories. Todd also teaches the skills for higher level dismounts.  

KIMBERLY WELLMANN, PH.D.

Clinician - Lunger and Coach Tracks

Kimberly grew up with a passion for horses in Joshua, Texas.  After a few years with Gold Star Pacesetters and some collaboration with Lone Star Vaulters, she began an equestrian vaulting team, VorTex Vaulters, in 2010. At Texas A&M, Kimberly was a member of the 2013 reserve champion and 2014 national champion stock horse team. During that same season, she and her horse, Samson, hauled a pas de deux and a male individual vaulter through the U.S. selection trials to qualify for the World Equestrian games. Kimberly received her Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science at Texas Tech University with research focused on the effect of nutrition on muscle development in cattle. Kimberly remained active with international vaulting, and competed with her horse, Lunar Eclipse, as lunger at the 2018 World Equestrian Games as a part of the Australian, Canadian, and Brazilian teams. More recently Kimberly and Lunar Eclipse helped qualify Oak Hills Vaulters for the world championships, where Kimberly worked as a U.S. groom. Dr. Kimberly Wellmann joined Tarleton State University as an Assistant Professor in Animal Science in fall, 2021. She currently enjoys coaching and training with VorTex Vaulters, teaching, and conducting research at TSU. 15 years in, Kimberly still loves vaulting and the people in it!   She brings expertise to vaulting about how to develop our horses as balanced, well moving horses on the lunge line.

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CRYSTAL PAKIZER

Clinician - (AVA r judge; USEF r Judge)

Crystal was an avid vaulter winning numerous national championships and was chosen to represent the United States as a member of the Friendship Team that performed demonstrations at the Atlanta, GA 1996 Olympics. Crystal is now an AVA and USEF vaulting judge with a keen eye for how to improve vaulting scores through developmentally correct vaulting technique. She also places an emphasis on horse scores, and will work with lungers to better understand the horse scoring.

 
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REGION IV  SPIRIT OF VAULTING

This educational weekend symposium is being offered for vaulters, lungers and coaches and their support crew from brand new beginners to advanced level.

Registration closes November 7. Register now, pay later! Payments due Nov. 7.

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Vaulters sessions will include barrel training exercises,  strength and flexibility training (yoga, acro or similar disciplines),  artistic development, scoring, gymnastics-style cross training, sports  psychology, freestyle creation, and lots of fun for vaulters to meet  each other!  All levels are welcome!! Vaulters will be placed in groups  based on experience and age. It is expected that all vaulters will have  some opportunities to vault on horses in the lunger sessions, depending  on total number of registrants and horse availability; with actual on  horse time quite limited, and most time either in observation of  techniques of horse vaulting, and then with practice on barrels.

Coaches training includes lesson planning, drills that help and are  fun, and many other tips and tricks, for all levels of coaches - those  teaching beginning vaulters through those with who are interested in  coaching up to the national championship and international levels.

Lunger training includes hands on training for all lungers of ALL levels (from brand  new to experienced who want to "touch up" their skills) with horses  provided by the Symposium!! A specific focus on the physical and mental  development of the horse will be stressed, and will include information  and tips on this most important element including discussion of  cross-training exercises and options, with demonstrations and possibility for some hands on work. Sessions will also include "Through  the eyes of the judge" sessions on how the judge is scoring the horse.   There will be horses available for all lungers to practice lungeing,  provided by Mile High Vaulters. You may also bring a horse, on a space  available basis (see below).

For Lungers - Bringing a horse: Lungers/horse  owners may register to bring a horse! Limited stalls available @ $50 per  night. Day fee for haul-ins is $15 (tied to trailer). The owned horse sessions are for lunger training, and vaulter participation will be  decided based on clinician/lunger/horse owner decision for the benefit  of horse and lunger.

Parent Sessions will be included at no cost to parent/guardians who have at least one vaulter registered in the symposium.


Tentative schedule:

Saturday, November 19 8:00 AM - 5:00 or 6:00 PM & Sunday November 20 8:00 AM - 4:00 or 5:00 PM

Mornings for Coaches and vaulters will be inside at a local  Gymnastics and Sports gym: The Sports Barn, Johnstown, Colorado.  Mornings for lungers will be at indoor Peaches Arena, home to Mile High  Vaulters.

Afternoons for all participants will be at the  indoor Peaches Arena, Fort Lupton, Colorado. Hands on horse work for  lungers, vaulters and coaches; and barrel work for vaulters and coaches.


Clinicians

Todd Griffiths,D.V.M.

Kimberley Wellmann, Ph.D.

Crystal Pakizer (AVA r Judge/USEF r Judge)


The Weekend will also host the first annual Region IV Awards Ceremony.  (Separate registration for the Awards)


Sites:

The Sports Barn

5636 Weld County Rd 46

Johnstown, CO 80534

Peaches Arena - Home of Mile High Vaulters

2252 Co Rd 21

Fort Lupton, CO 80621

Cost: $150 per registrant, including vaulters, coaches, lungers

Bring a horse (for lungers): $50 for overnight stall (per night), $15 for haul-in/tie to trailer (per day)

This  educational weekend symposium in Central Colorado is being offered for vaulters, lungers  and coaches and their parents and support crew.