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Byron Bay horse-vaulting team members Maleka Mitchell and Gabrielle Orrock. Photo Jeff Dawson

Byron Bay horse-vaulting team members Maleka Mitchell and Gabrielle Orrock. Photo Jeff Dawson

Horse-vaulting action at the Byron Bay Equestrian Centre. Photo Jeff Dawson

Horse-vaulting action at the Byron Bay Equestrian Centre. Photo Jeff Dawson

Four horse-vaulting clubs competed at the Byron Bay Equestrian Centre on Sunday as part of their preparation for upcoming state titles.

Best described as ‘gymnastics and dancing on horseback’, the origins of vaulting can be traced to the ancient Roman games, where acrobats displayed their skills on cantering horses.

Byron Bay team members Maleka Mitchell and Gabrielle Orrock used the event as a chance to master their skills ahead of the the NSW State Championships coming up this weekend at Mount Hunter.

‘We were so excited to be hosting this event, with such a high calibre of competitors,’ Tesse Ferguson, manager of Byron Bay Equestrian Centre, said.

‘We know our audience will be in awe at the skill of these competitors and the beauty and grace of the horses they perform on.’

Clubs attending included Fassifern, Ella Springs and the Kingfisher Vaulters.

 

 


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