In 1996, Maria Blackstone founded Rhode Island’s first and only equestrian vaulting team, the In Harmony Vaulters. Three years later, her daughter, Arielle joined the team at age the age of seven and developed a lifelong admiration for the exciting sport of vaulting.
After relocating to east Tennessee in 2004, Maria and Arielle created the Transition Vaulters in 2008. As the team grew and progressed, the need for a canter vaulting horse lead Arielle to purchasing a stunning, black, 17.3 hand Percheron mare from California named Mavourneen. Mavi, as she is lovingly called around the barn, was an experienced vaulting horse and already had an AVA Nationals under her belt.
The perfect addition to the team, Mavi carried the Transition Vaulters to their first AVA Regional Championships that year and subsequent years, with many competitions in between. Competing at state, regional, national, and international levels, the team continues to grow, now blessed with four talented vaulting horses and ten competitive vaulters. Coached by Arielle and Maria, the Transition Vaulters love doing demonstrations, exhibitions and educating people about the artistry of equestrian vaulting
Please feel free to visit the farm and watch the team practice. They love and audience! Contact us if you are interested in joining the team or just curious about vaulting. We also welcome groups such as 4H or Pony Club and provide an introduction to the amazing and growing equestrian sport.
What is Vaulting
Vaulting is an exciting and creative equestrian sport which combines music, the
love of horses, gymnastics and dance. Introduced in the United States from
Europe in 1956, vaulting is a growing, team sport which
develops coordination, balance, strength and creativity while promoting teamwork
and encouraging harmony with the multidimensional movement of the horse.
Vaulting is a year round sport for ages pre-school to adult and teaches sportsmanship, teamwork and responsibility while developing trust in their horse and teammates and developing a strong sense of self confidence.
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Vaulting Horses are specially chosen for their disposition and rhythmic, consistent gait and are specifically trained to work on a lunge line and take direction form the longeur. Depending on the level of the vaulter, vaulting horses perform at walk, trot, and canter while vaulters execute gymnastic and dance moves on the horse while the horse moves in a circle.
Mavi is a 17.3 hand, black Percheron Mare. Our amazing vaulting horse, Mavi has carried vaulters from walk tiny tots classes to gold medal vaulters at CVI. She has now competed at the State, Regional, National, and International level. Mavi is the Rock of our team.
Rose is an 18.2 hand Belgian Mare, proving to be a valued member of our team. She has started carrying doubles and team at walk and canter.
Gus is a 17.3 hand Belgian Gelding. Gus is the newest member of the team and a great addition. Gus will carry out trot vaulters and canter freestyles this year.
Dan is a 17 hand Thoroughbred gelding. Dan, an ex racehorse was Coach Arielle’s 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover horse, where Arielle turned Dan from racehorse to Vaulting horse. The pair won top Amateur trainer in the freestyle division of the Makeover. We are excited to have Dan as part of the Team.
The vaulting barrel is a very important part of vaulting practice.
The barrel allows vaulters to explore new maneuvers and become proficient before mounted activities.
Photos from our 2017 Competition Year
Interested in sponsoring or donating to the team click on the form below or contact us.
Thank You to our 2017 Sponsors
Living Life Dentistry
Steve& Janice Christian
Rogersville Collision Center
Highland Custom Cabinets
Yoders Country Market
Brent & Karen Zieglar
Joey & Michelle Maddox
Logan Green & Kaylea Courtney
Wes & Christina Vaughn
Brandon & Carrie Christian
Brandon & Jamie Brewer
Jerry & Brenda Seymore
Tammy & Terry
The Johnson Family
Danny & Natasha Underwood
Ronald & Deana Courtney
Thank You to Angie Medler and Linda Meade for helping with transportation of our horses to competition.
Thank You to Easy's Slippers for providing superior comfort for our horse's feet. If you would like to learn more about Easy's Slippers click on their logo to visit their website.