Todd Griffiths, a veterinary student at Washington State University, discovered vaulting in college. Since he was raised around horses and had studied gymnastics in high school, he found the sport of doing acrobatics atop a horse to be a perfect fit. In summer 2006, he joined the U.S. Vaulting Team and competed at the World Equestrian Games in Germany. Last October, he borrowed a horse from a local stable to show us some of his vaulting moves.

View an exclusive video of Todd’s gymnastics atop a stationary horse, and then get a taste for what vaulting atop a moving horse is like. If you watch carefully, at the end you’ll see the jump that made us all catch our breaths.