Articles by Carole Dwinell for DiscoverHorses.com - Expert advice on horse care and horse riding

Carole Dwinell for DiscoverHorses.com

Vaulter Katharine Wick. Copyright Primo Ponies

Katharine Wick

Wick has risen quickly through the Vaulting High Performance ranks, finishing the 2009 competition season in third place. She placed fourth at the USEF/AVA National Championships, and was the Region II Reserve Champion in 2009. Though much younger and with fewer championship titles than the other top competitors, Wick is a strong, seasoned, and proven competitor.

Vaulter Annalise VanVranken. Copyright Primo Ponies

Annalise VanVranken

Annalise has been ranked in the top five on the USEF Women?s Individual High Performance List since 2008. In 2009, she placed second at the prestigious CVI** Saumur in France, 5th at the USEF-AVA National Championships, and 3rd in the CVI** Kentucky Cup. She repeated her second place finish at the 2010 CVI** Saumur and is once again making her cross-country treks to train with the FACE team.

Vaulter Patrick Stevens. Copyright Primo Ponies

Patrick Stevens

This year, along with work, college, and lots of riding, Patrick will be doing some yoga, stretching, and dance classes to go with solid vaulting practice ... along with a lot of handstands and cartwheels. He feels that all of the Europeans are legitimate threats to the U.S. vaulters.

Vaulter Mary McCormick. Copyright Primo Ponies

Mary McCormick

Mary McCormick is one of America's most decorated vaulters, having been named USEF Vaulter of the Year in 2007 and 2009. In addition, McCormick was the 2007 AVA/USEF National Champion. In 2010 McCormick once again won the 2010 USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship vaulting on Sir Anthony Van Dyck.

Vaulter Kenny Geisler. Copyright Primo Ponies

Kenny Geisler

In more recent years, Kenny was the 2009 USEF/AVA National Champion and on the Vaulting Cup winning team as part of the Mt. Eden Sun Team. In 2010, Geisler was second at the USEF/AVA National Championship this summer. Geisler is known in the vaulting world for his strength and balance.

Vaulter Devon Maitozo. Photo by Carole Dwinell

Devon Maitozo

Devon's accomplishments as a competitive vaulter are vast, making him the most winning American vaulter of all time. After 28 years in the sport, he is still at it in full force. Highlights individually include 12 National Championship titles in the USA, but what he has achieved internationally is what truly sets him apart. Devon has competed in every world championship since 1992, and out of the ten World Championships he has vaulted in, he has been on the podium with a medal around his neck fo