The crowd at Rodeo Austin’s Wild West Show was buzzing with anticipation as The Lone Star Vaulters warmed up for their first show at this year’s event. Curious spectators watched in amazement as dancing horseback riders showcased the ancient art of Equestrian Vaulting.

As the performance began, the announcer gave the audience a history lesson about the daring spectacle held in the Wild West Show arena. Recognized as one of the seven equestrian disciplines, Equestrian Vaulting dates back as early as the Ancient Greeks and moves throughout history appearing again in Native American cultures.

The Lone Star Vaulters dazzled fairgoers by effortlessly moving on their sturdy horses and showing off grace and flexibility with handstands, aerial flips and stunning dismounts. They even performed a couple of tricks with up to three riders on one horse using each other to maintain their balance.

Once a National Vaulting Champion, founder and coach of the Lone Star Vaulters, Rosie Brown explains that Equestrian Vaulting, while strengthening the body and improving balance, also promotes a healthy self-confidence. Always emphasizing safety first, Brown encourages individuals to come take classes and experience Equestrian Vaulting first hand.

The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, contributes more than $1.6 million annually to the youth of Texas with the help of over 2,500 volunteers, donors and sponsors. Through its acclaimed Livestock Show, Fair, Rodeo and other fundraisers, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo continues to work towards the advancement of its mission, Promoting Youth Education – Preserving Western Heritage. While delivering superior entertainment and boasting an economic impact that exceeds $54 million annually, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo is an established community tradition founded in 1938. Staying true to the official sport of Texas, Austin is home to the world’s 5th largest indoor, regular season ProRodeo known as Rodeo Austin. For more information visit www.RodeoAustin.com.