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    Posted March 16, 2014 by
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    Equestrian Vaulting: Worthy of the Olympics

     
    My name is Geoffrey Woolson and I am an Equestrian Vaulter. My sport consists of gymnastic and dance type moves on the backs of moving horses.

    I started about 8 years ago when my family was in search of a type physical therapy for my younger sister who has mild cerebral palsy. We got a dvd in the mail about a local vaulting club named Valley View Vaulters in lake view terrace, CA and it explained that the sport was great for people with special needs. My mom took my sister and I got dragged along not wanting to go. My sister had a great lesson and afterwards the coach Rick Hawthorne got me up (after some persuasion) and I took right to it! Years went by and I became a national champion in the bronze division and a 3 time reserve national champion in separate team events. I eventually went on to help start the Los Angeles Equestrian vaulting club with my coach and world champion Blake Dahlgren and proceeded to become a national champion in the silver division. I've been hard at work as an equestrian vaulter for years now but the idea of the world equestrian games does not satisfy my thirst. I want to be in the Olympics. Unfortunately my sport is not one in the Olympics. My dreams of becoming an Olympian in vaulting cannot happen until my sport is an Olympic one and although the sport is widely practiced all over the world with both able bodied and handicapped competition we are still not an Olympic sport. I want to share my story in great detail and I want to put my sport in the Olympics. After talking to both the FEI and International Olympic Committee I was left with unanswered questions and a feeling of disappointment but I'm not giving up. Please share this and help me achieve my dream as well as countless others.

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