Belinda Rodriguez is a vaulting coach and Jasmyn Rodriguez is an accomplished New Zealand Vaulter. Together they will demonstrate a beginner vaulting lesson where you will see how to develop coordination and body control skills while having fun.
Belinda Rodriguez is a vaulting coach, experienced in teaching from preschool ages to adults. Belinda manages the Waimauku Vaulting Club and has coached vaulting at the Kapiti Vaulting Club where the New Zealand Vaulting team is based. Jasmyn Rodriguez is an accomplished New Zealand Vaulter. In 2019 she was selected to join the New Zealand Vaulting Team for the World Championship Vaulting event in the Netherlands. Jasmyn has also competed as an individual vaulter in Sweden and Germany, and has performed throughout New Zealand in vaulting displays. Modern vaulting has been an equestrian sport for the past 70 years and was popularised in Germany in the 1950s. Vaulting has been included as a FEI equestrian discipline for over 30 years. The origin of vaulting as a sport discipline goes back to the intention of learning to ride by getting used to the movements of the horse and giving the rider a feeling of balance. In Europe, most young riders are first taught vaulting before they move on to horse riding. Vaulting requires strength and body awareness which are highly based around gymnastic exercises. A typical lesson will include a warm up, fitness activities to build physical development, and practicing vaulting moves on the stationary barrel before progressing to the exercises on the horse. At first the compulsory exercises are taught as a foundation for higher level skills. Creative and freestyle elements are added that build on the foundation skills, advancing to simple routines that are executed to music.