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We are one of the seven regional divisions of the American Vaulting Association (AVA) in the United States.  Members of Region IX call one of the nineteen eastern states home - Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.  Membership not only includes the vaulters, but also the coaches, longeurs of the horses, and often the parents of the vaulters.

The vaulters and horses are athletes competing in the sport of equestrian vaulting.  They perform seven compulsories exercises and freestyle (kür) on a horse being lunged in a circle.  In accordance with the AVA rules, the horse is either at a walk, trot, or canter.  Compulsory moves are scored for form and in the case of freestyle for originality, performance, and difficulty.   The horse is the most important part of this team, and the horse score is averaged with the vaulter's final score at all competitions.

Equestrian vaulting is one of the seven disciplines that are recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).  Vaulting competitors are invited to compete at the World Equestrian Games with other FEI disciplines.  The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United States Equestrian Team Foundation (USETF) also recognize equestrian vaulting.

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