Wednesday, October 21, 2009

20 Questions for Vaulter, Mary McCormick

Name: Mary McCormick
Country: USA
Discipline: Vaulting

1)When did you start in your discipline?

2) How did you into riding?

I met a girl at school who said she stood up on moving horses and I knew I wanted to do that.

3) Do you have any lucky riding attire?

My “Sun Team” bracelet.

4) Do you have any advice for younger riders aspiring within your discipline?

Work hard and dream big.

5) Who is your equestrian idol?

Nadia Zulow, multiple time World Vaulting Champion.

6) If there was one other discipline you could compete in, what would it be?Eventing.

7) What characteristic or quality do you value most in a horse?

Willing attitude.

8) Where will you be in 5, 10 years?

Vaulting, coaching and lunging.

9) What are 3 things you are most likely to find in your refrigerator?

String cheese, ground turkey and Diet Coke.

10) What is one thing you always take with you to horse shows/on the road?

My iPod. It’s good to visualize my performance to music wherever I am.

11) What is the coolest place in the world horseback riding has taken you?

CVI Leipzig Germany. We were part of a partner Pferd.

12) Given the chance, what horse other than your own would you like to ride/compete on?

Arkansas, a German horse.

13) What is your favorite horse show?

Nationals! I get to see my friends from all over the country.

14) What is the best/worst part about riding and showing?

The best is doing well and having my work pay off. The worst is getting out of sync with my horse because of the competition stress or environment.

15) What have horses and showing taught you?

It’s not about winning, just doing your best, being proud of your team and enjoying the journey.

16) What have been the biggest rewards of your career?

Watching my students grow and improve as people and equestrians.

17) What are you most likely to be doing if/when you’re not riding?

Dancing and climbing anywhere and everywhere.

18) How do you unwind after a long day in the saddle?

Dinner, Diet Coke and time with my horse.

19) What excites you most about the 2010 Games in Kentucky?

The possibility of representing my country IN my country.

20) Have you ever ridden any other disciplines?
Yes, Western pleasure, barrel racing and hunters.

21) What music are you currently listening to?

22) What do you think when you think about possibly riding in next year’s WEG?

I think it will be amazing and I am so excited.

23) What are you doing to try to get there?
Train hard, build solid foundations with my horse, and do my best in and out of the ring.

24) What impact do you think having WEG in the US will have on horse sports in this country?
I think/hope equestrian sports will gain popularity and awareness among American people. I hope it will help recognize equestrians as the dedicated athletes and professional athletes we are.


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