Valley View Vaulters is an undiscovered gem in the North Valley. Coach Rick Hawthorne is a truly gifted individual who along with his wife Virginia has created not just a place to learn horse vaulting, but a supportive community which enables every individual to thrive. Not only is Rick a top competitive vaulting coach, but as someone who lost his left arm to bone cancer at a young age, he has an uncannny ability to work with people of all skill levels. Whether you are a future national champion, or someone with a severe disbility, Rick will find a way to help you succeed, and oh yes.....you will have an absolute blast while you are doing it!
My daughter Alanna started vaulting not too long ago and the impact it has had on her life has been just incredible. The love and expertise that Rick brings to his teaching is nothing short of amazing. He has created a wonderful family of vaulters that is a joy to be a part of.
My daughter began her vaulting career at Valley View. Not only did she progress rapidly in her sport, becoming an internationally recognized championship vaulter, she also learned to work with the handicapped, both emotionally and physically. Her ability to develop routines that are graceful, athletic, and make use of the vaulter's abilities no matter what their level began with her training at Valley View. At Valley View, we all learned how true it is that "CAN'T" means "Can Achieve Next Time."
I look forward to my time at Valley View Vaulters each week. Rick and Virginia are really caring, wonderful people and know how to teach vaulting to people of all abilities. They look past your disability and know how to push you to do truly amazing things. Once you start vaulting at Valley View, you become part of one big family. Not only do you learn new skills at each practice, but you have a ton of fun!
The longer I know them, the more I appreciate Rick and Virginia and their wonderful vaulting facility. The people, and the horses, are nurturing, while still challenging every one who walks through the gate, from beginner level onward. I look forward to going to VVV every week to learn, to exercise, and to share time with my other "family".
I went to visit with a friend to see how well she has been doing with vaulting. I was completely amazed by the facility and the staff. Such a great orginization and they perform amazing training and therapy for individuals. Little did I know, after visiting for an hour, I too was on a horse performing vaulting. The staff had complete control and gave me flawless instructions; while on a horse and standing on my head. I never knew I could possibly do any of what I was able to do with the assistance of the instructors. Did I mention I am a paraplegic. Simply amazing.