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Wat vind jij?

Opiniestuk voltigierzirkel

Dit kwartaal mijn eerste opiniestuk in de Voltigierzirkel. Mijn opiniestuk over hoe het toevoegen van grondoefeningen en tonwedstrijden de voltigesport nog verder kan liften als supersport.

Het idee is dat als je kinderen motorisch breder traint, dat ze ook beter gaan voltigeren. Bijvoorbeeld door ook turnelementen op de vloer en op de ton te laten zien. Om kinderen te motiveren, zou dit onderdeel ook meegenomen moeten worden in de wedstrijd. Dat kinderen dus een deel op de vloer, op de ton en op het paard laten zien. Hierdoor kan het paardgedeelte korter en worden de paarden ook minder belast. Ook is het mogelijk wedstrijden te organiseren zonder paarden, zoals tonwedstrijden.

Door ook onderdelen te kunnen oefenen zonder paard, kan je veel meer voltigeurs ontvangen in een les of op een vereniging. Daarnaast gaat het basisniveau omhoog, omdat ze stap voor stap de gewenste technieken leren en dit dus ook op de grond op de ton moeten beheersen.

Op de foto zie je het hele stuk en daaronder de Engelse vertaling. Ik ben benieuwd naar je mening!

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Opiniestuk voltigierzirkel, geschreven door Roos Hanemaaijer

Evolving into an olympic sport

A lot of us wish our sport would be an Olympic sport. Luckily a lot of vaulting enthousiasts are working hard on this to happen. As well on formal levels as on gathering more and more support. But I think it’s most important to make sure our sport is evolved enough to handle a massive growthspurt.


Vaulting has seen a lot of changes over the years. We have got more and more categories, nationally and internationally. But we also changed the names, the exercises and the judging, with very good results. But I would like to suggest another change. Not based on popularity, international rules or theory. But based on physiology, motor learning medical science and experience.

A lot of coaches are making those changes already in training. They don’t practise and practise only on the horse, but they make sure the vaulters are balanced first. They use methods of strength training, sensomotorical training and prevention of injuries (physiotherapist for example).  Which is a very good development for our sport.


But it also causes trouble. Because vaulters came to vault, on a horse. And on the competition, that is wat they do. For a lot of clubs this is a big problem, because a good horse is hard to find. So how can you motivate vaulters to work on the barrel and on the ground as well? And what if the vaulter is very bad motorically? Should he or she not be allowed to vault? Of course not! So we should change the competition categories accordingly, to support efficiënt and safe training.


This method is already done in gymnastics in the Netherlands. And I believe in Austrian and American vaulting they have done this for quite some time. Because it is actually really easy to do; ad parts of training to the competition of the basic levels.

For example. The beginners show exercises on the barrel, on the floor (handstand for example) and only show some basic compulsories on the horse. L-vaulters show a technical test on the barrel and the rest on the horse. Maybe we could then shorten their freestyle or compulsories on the horse. Every part counts fort he competition, not only the part on the horse. And ofcourse we keep the highest and international levels the same as they are now.

Let’s do it!

This way it’s easier to start with vaulting, you need less horses per vaulter and the horses get less worked. All with the goal to increase the number of vaulters. But actually the most important reason is; vaulters are motivated to work on the basics, because they can show them on the competition! Which also helps with injury prevention and happy horses😊

So my only question that remains unanswered is: Why aren’t we doing this already?

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