Vaulting instruction is available year round. Vaulting generally runs for six- or eight-week sessions from September through June. In the summer there are vaulting competitions, and NEV typically offers a list of possible classes. Vaulters can pick from this list and create their own schedules. On occasion, NEV offers an intensive summer program at the end of August.
For most of the year, vaulting takes place at beautiful Shepley Hill Farm at Puritan Hill in Groton, MA. For six or eight weeks in January/February, during the coldest part of the year, vaulting practice takes place indoors. This session is on the barrel only. The barrel session is an important opportunity to develop a freestyle routines and hone compulsories before bringing them to the horse in the spring.
Classes usually include vaulters at different levels and run for 75 minutes, sometimes longer. Because vaulting is a horse sport, end and start times can sometimes be a little unpredictable. All vaulters are expected to arrive 15 minutes early to help set up the barrel, help with horse and barn chores, and warm up. Vaulters should also expect to stay 10-15 minutes after practice to help put things away and take care of the horses.
Classes are $40 each, with a discount if purchasing a full session. Payment is due at the start of each session. For more information about the costs associated with vaulting, you can download a description here: (Download NEVfees.pdf)
If you are interested in lessons, please, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. You will be invited to come and observe a class first.