Every athlete, every coach & everyone around will say that being able to perform the exercises (together with your horse) is the most important thing to excel in vaulting.
Learning, practicing and mastering those exercises / skills is the basis for every training. Only learning this exercise is step 1 in the process. Then there are 6 more steps to eventually be able to carry this out during competitions in which the vaulter is under pressure!
I explain here the 7 steps you need to master to be successful in the end!
Step 1: Perform the skill. This is the first step and for most athletes the last step in their training. Coaches devise an exercise, vaulters try it out and then learn that skill.
Step 2: Perform the skill very well. To master the skill, you must practice it regularly with your coach who can provide you with feedback so that you can improve yourself.
Stap 3: Perform the skill very well & fast. Because it’s nice that you can perform the exercise very well if you can prepare it for a few canter stikes, but during the competitions you have to be able to perform the exercises at a decent pace. So try to do the preparation of the exercise faster.
Step 4: Perform the skill very well, at speed and under fatique. Because you’ll also have to be able to perform the exercise if you are slightly more tired, for example at a multi-day competition. If you are more tired, your muscle coordination is generally slightly less!
Stap 5: Perform the skill very well, at speed, under fatique and under pressure. During a competition it MUST happen at that time. So as a vaulter you will also have to prepare for this during training. If you are always allowed to prepare an exercise at home three times and then perform the exercise, you will not learn to be able to perform the final exercise under pressure at any time!
Stap 6: Perform the skill very well, at speed, under fatique and under pressure consistently. If you can perform the exercise ‘okay’ at a certain pace, when you are tired and under pressure, then it is time for the next step. Namely, being able to perform the exercise very well under all these circumstances.
Stap 7: Perform the skill very well, at speed, under fatique and under pressure consistently in competition conditions. Because it’s all about being able to perform the exercise properly at all times, wherever and whenever and under whatever circumstances!
And that does not just happen, you have to train that!
Hopefully this step-by-step plan helps you, good luck!