Gold Star Pacesetters
Gold Star Pacesetters is a an equestrian vaulting club. We are a Christian, 501C3 Charitable Organization.
Our Mission Statement: Jesus Christ is the foundation and acknowledged head of Gold Star Pacesetters, A Texas Vaulting Club. He is the wisdom that began and sustains this ministry. We try in all that we do to glorify and honor Him as our Lord and Savior.
Gold Star Pacesetters is lead by Mr. Frank Pace.
“I don’t know if we were blessed or honored, but we had some [special needs] kids come along and we’d put them up on the vaulting horse with the surcingle, and we’d see some improvement in the kids. They’d move along, and the surcingle would get hung back up in the barn until the next kid came along,” Frank shared. “Some, we’d actually get ’em to do the tricks — and to see a cerebral palsy child get up on a horse and do a flag is an amazing good thing,” said Frank.
Building confidence in people became our goal for our organization, dedicated to glorifying Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior through teaching people to do gymnastics on horses.
“We’ve had a few horses that just weren’t going to work — rough paces, too rough to use,” Frank said. “Now we have Gus, the one we use all the time. He is a 17'1" half draft, big and bulky. We use him mostly for trot and canter freestyles and teamwork, when there will be two or three people on his back at one time.”
Teamwork is only one aspect of vaulting. Vaulters compete, sometimes only against themselves. The compulsories are a set of movements set forward by the American Vaulting Association and the International Equestrian Federation that every vaulter has to perform.
“In the medal test, you compete against yourself,” said Mr. Pace. “You try to meet criteria to get your medal. Everyone who does it is striving to be better. Even I am trying to be a better coach, a better lunger [a horse trainer who uses a long rope]. There’s a great deal involved just in that. I want to be better every week. That striving to be better is there, even though I’ll never be on another horse [for competition],” Frank explained. “I’m almost 70 years old and have broken too many bones from other horse disciplines. I’ve had one hip replaced from getting bucked off, and a titanium rod in my right leg from being bucked off in 2008.”
That all changed in 2013 when Mr. Pace did compete in a vaulting competition when he was 70 years old.
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