About OC Vaulting

Gibran_9349-webGibran Stout
Club Founder, Coach & Longeur

Gibran has ridden, shown & trained horses in Southern California since 1970.  She loves both the harmony between vaulter and horse and the exceptional teamwork that is unique to this equestrian sport; introducing it to her children and riding students prior to starting OC Vaulting.  She is currently Director of Vaulting Marketing & Communications for the American Vaulting Association – focused on increasing awareness of, and participation in, Equestrian Vaulting in North America.  Gibran has lunged OCV into National Titles for Trot Team and Trot Pas de Deux in 2016 & 2017 and Trot Individual in 2016.

Cindy Massaro, Director

Cindy was introduced to equestrian vaulting through her daughters’ equestrian pursuits. She joined forces with Gibran Stout, OCV Club Founder, to bring OC Vaulting’s program from two families’ kids, to one of the larger equestrian vaulting clubs in the country. Cindy comes from a background of developing programs, starting up, managing, and administrating non-profit and for-profit businesses. This experience is utilized at OCV as she oversees Strategy, Programs, Administration, Budgeting, Website, Staff, Schedules, and Competitions. Cindy is also SafeSport certified. Contact her at Cindy Massaro.

Q_Collage_5391Ginny (Kaufmann) Quick, Coach

Ginny started vaulting at the age of 10.  She has competed both nationally and internationally in Team and Individual events and holds an A Team national championship title, also serving as Team Captain for 4 years.  Additionally, she spent one year competing as a gold individual vaulter. Ginny is SafeSport certified. Ginny coached OCV’s Prelim 2-Phase Team to achieve the 2017 National Title.

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Entering the vaulting world as an adult, Alice’s martial arts and cheerleading skills helped her make a swift transition to Equestrian Vaulting.  She shares her skills coaching vaulters in our Recreational Vaulting program as well as OCV Club.  Alice is also a founding member of an all female martial arts stunt team.

Sarah websitepicSarah Hall, Coach

Sarah has been running for 20 years, racing as a long distance runner in high school and college. While racing in college she set several distance records at her University and achieved All-American honors in Track and Field competing at a National level. After college, her athletic interests expanded to outdoor rock climbing and yoga; she was certified as a yoga instructor in 2012. Introduced to vaulting as an adult, she loves incorporating yoga asana into her coaching at OCV. She is also SafeSport certified.  Sarah coached our 2017 Trot Team and Trot Pas de Deux to bring home the National Titles.

 

Elise Hahn, Longeur

Elise began riding as a child in Denmark. She has had a life-long love of horses and shares her love by leading OC Vaulting’s AVA Horsemanship Program.


Allison Website picMary-Morgan Childs, Coach

Mary-Morgan began her training with ballet, jazz and modern dance.  She joined the ballroom dance world in the US and Europe, competing internationally.  She then began to study acrobatics and eventually became a professional.  As a dancer, acrobat, instructor and choreographer, Mary-Morgan is able to teach new acrobatic content, grace and fluidity, as well as help choreograph freestyle routines.

 

Nicole Cook, Coach & Longeur

Growing up with horses in her backyard, Nicole gained an appreciation for bareback and English riding. After jumping courses at the College of William and Mary, she moved to rural New Mexico where she became enthralled with riding the high desert on Spanish Mustangs. As an instructor of Therapeutic Riding and with a yoga practice spanning 30 years, equestrian vaulting is  a great meld of her passions. Nicole takes a gentle approach to teaching,  her goal being success and fun for every body. She is also SafeSport certified.

 

Melanie Pogue, Coach

Melanie found her way into the sport of vaulting through her daughter, the youngest member of OC Vaulting. She has over a decade of instructing experience in both formal and non-traditional classroom settings. She brings her knowledge of working with youth to our Recreational Vaulting program. Melanie is Safe Sport Certified

 

Elna Carrigan, Coach

Elna is passionate – she’s passionate about her family, friends, nutrition, fitness and supporting her daughters love for horse vaulting. With all that passion and a successful career in the entertainment and stunt business, becoming the strength and conditioning coach for OC Vaulting was an easy choice.  However, the best part of coaching is being around this young and thriving team that puts their heart and soul into having fun, supporting one another and always doing their very best.

Julie Fuller, Longeur

Julie began riding horses when she was 8 years old and has been in love with them ever since.  Equestrian vaulting is the joining of her two favorites sports, horses and dance.   She has been part of OCV for the last 4 years, was the Prelim-Trot National Champion in 2015, and a member of the 2016 National Champion Trot Team and the 2017 National Champion Prelim 2Phase Canter team.  She is excited to work as a lunger for OCV in addition to vaulting.

Giana Massaro, Coach

Giana began vaulting at the age of 8 and has been competing since 2014. In 2016, Giana and her team won the Trot Team and Trot Pas de Deux national titles, and in 2017 she won the Preliminary 2-Phase national title along with three others. Giana loves sharing her knowledge and skills through coaching OCV!

 

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Gigi (Belgian cross)

Gigi carried our team to five National Vaulting Championship Trot Titles in 2016 & 2017,  She has wonderful temperament and is everyone’s favorite!  Gigi is a 12 year old Belgian cross.  Her mother was a Belgian P.M.U.  rescued by Diamond Bar Vaulters’ Connie Geisler.

 

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Guinness is a 20 year old Canadian Thoroughbred.  He was OC Vaulting’s very first vaulting horse, and is now retired from vaulting.  However, his extensive Dressage training, and wonderful gaits make him perfect for our athletes Cross-Training program.

 

MagicMagic (Percheron-Thoroughbred cross)

Magic is a 12 year old 17.2 hand, Percheron Thoroughbred cross. In addition to being a great canter horse, she is a great riding horse. In addition to vaulting, she is ridden in western, dressage & bareback.

 

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Betsy (2005-2015)

Betsy was a Spotted Draft and a favorite vaulting horse with our Club and all who knew her.  We all miss her!

 

 

Officially formed in 2013, OC Vaulting is a member of the American Vaulting Association.
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