Mary McCormick is one of America’s most decorated vaulters, having been named USEF Vaulter of the Year in 2009 and 2011. She represented the U.S. at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games and at the 2008 FEI World Vaulting Championship.
McCormick discovered the sport when a schoolmate took her to watch vaulting in action. The 2002 USEF/AVA Women’s Silver National Vaulting Champion enjoyed an excellent year in 2008. In international competition, McCormick placed second at the CVI2* Krumke, second at the CHIO CVI2* Aachen, and eighth at the CVI2* Saumur.
One year earlier at the CVI2* Saratoga, she was the second-place finisher. In 2009 she took home top honors at the Garrod’s Spring Classic.
In 2010, McCormick once again won the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship vaulting on Sir Anthony Van Dyck. They completed the season by finishing fourth place individually at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
June 2011 marked McCormick’s return to CVI competition and she made a spectacular showing by winning the CVI2* Individual Female division. A few weeks later, McCormick traveled to Aachen, Germany where she finished third in the CVIO2* Individual Female division.
McCormick won four competitions leading up to the summer of 2012. She scored CVI3* Individual Female division wins at the CVI Chilliwack in Canada and the CVI Kentucky and North American Young Riders Vaulting Challenge. In August at the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship, McCormick took top honors in the Women’s Gold Championship. She then represented the U.S. at the 2012 FEI World Vaulting Championship and finished the Individual Female Championship in 15th place.
She started off 2013 with a win at the Mozart Memorial Vaulting Classic. At the Pacific Cup, McCormick finished second in the CVI3* Individual Female division. She scored another second-place finish at the USED/AVA National Vaulting Championship. McCormick closed out the year by claiming top honors at the USEF/AVA Region I Championships in the Women’s Gold division.
McCormick has had a stellar year in 2014, winning at almost every turn. She began the year with a first-place finish at Vault into Spring in the Women’s Gold division, following it with another at the Mozart Memorial Vaulting Classic. McCormick then earned top honors at the Pacific Cup CVI3*. She added two more wins to her record at Garrod’s Spring Classic and Woodside Vaulters Spring Fest, before heading overseas to the CVIO3* Aachen where she finished seventh in the Individual Female division. McCormick returned home and earned the Women’ Gold Championship title at the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship.
A member of the Mt. Eden Vaulting Club, home of one of the oldest and most successful vaulting programs in the U.S., and a student of 2007 USEF Coach of the Year Emma Garrod Seely, McCormick is also a coach herself at Mt. Eden, and is founder of the the Silver Star Vaulters in Springfield, Tenn.
When she’s not vaulting, McCormick enjoys going on trail rides, dancing, yoga, and rock climbing.