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AVA Announces Release of New Vaulting Manual

San Mateo, CA March 20, 2001 - - The American Vaulting Association (AVA) announces the release of it’s first vaulting coaches training manual. THE COMPULSORIES: Training for Coaches written by Emma Drinker and Isabelle Bibbler. This spiral bound and easy to use manual is divided into five levels covering techniques for teaching beginner to advanced vaulting skills. It contains teaching tips, drills and skill building exercises valuable to all coaches in teaching the required compulsory exercises for competition. The manual includes ideas for training on the ground and while working with the horse. More than 200 photographs by Eric Jewett compliment the text and provide visual reference for correct and incorrect vaulting form. Modern vaulting was developed in Germany and is used today as a pre-riding discipline to develop confidence, balance, and a natural seat for all riders.

A former gold level vaulter, Drinker is the head coach of Mt. Eden Vaulters of Saratoga, CA. She was the trainer of Devon Maitozo (Gold medal, World Equestrian Games, 1998 and bronze medals from the World Vaulting Championships in 1996 and 2000) and Kerith Lemon (medalist at the last four World Vaulting Championships and nine-time National Champion). Emma is a skilled horse trainer and former gold medal level vaulter.

Ms. Bibbler is the head coach of Woodside Vaulters of Woodside, CA. Her teams represented the United States at the 1996 World Vaulting Championships and earned the bronze medal at the 1998 World Equestrian Games. The Woodside teams were National Champions in 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999. She is a former vaulter and has earned her gold medal and is currently the only American to have achieved Level 3 International Trainers' Certification.

The 88 page manual, THE COMPULSORIES: Training for Coaches is available from the American Vaulting Association, 642 Alford Place, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 for $35.00 (non-member) plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

Please visit our website at for more information about vaulting. The American Vaulting Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to the promotion of Vaulting, an equestrian sport in which vaulters perform gymnastic movements in harmony with their equine partner.

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