The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association board of directors on Monday elected Britt McCormick as the organization’s next president. After a 15-month transition period, McCormick will take office at the conclusion of the 2024 USHJA Annual Meeting (North Carolina).
“I’m really excited for the opportunity,” McCormick said. “I bring 20 years of volunteer governance experience within USHJA, a good relationship with the U.S. Equestrian Federation and a good relationship with our USHJA affiliates to this role. I also have a background in both the jumper and hunter disciplines, show management, and many different aspects of our industry.”
McCormick, of McKinney, Texas, brings years of sport governance experience and a degree in organizational leadership to the role. Within USHJA, he has served on the board of directors, the executive committee, the hunter and jumper working groups, the International Hunter Derby and Incentive Task Force, and a variety of committees. He also serves as chairman of USEF’s National Breeds and Disciplines Council and on the National Hunter Committee.
McCormick is an “R” hunter/jumping seat equitation, hunter, and hunter breeding judge; “R” hunter course designer, “r” jumper course designer; and a licensed AQHA Specialized Judge. He has served as the jumper technical delegate for USHJA championships, as an advisor to the USHJA Gold Star Clinics, and as chef d’equipe for Zone 7.
“My short-term goals include taking a hard look at the business side of USHJA,” he said. “We are a multi-million dollar non-profit organization and I’m really looking forward to taking a look at the internal business side quite a bit. Then I would like to get with all the various task force chairs and see where we are on the sports side, getting feedback and input to see where they think we should be going next.”
“If at the end of my term, we are more collaborative as an association, we have identifiable sport growth at every level, including the elite level, and we are providing the services that our members expect, I’ll be happy,” he continued.
McCormick was selected for the nomination through a multi-step process. Members submitted nominations for the office of president, which were then reviewed by the USHJA Nominating Committee. The committee interviewed candidates before submitting their recommended nominees to the USHJA board of directors.
Over the next 15 months, as president-elect McCormick will work with the current USHJA president and receive education in both the functions and processes of the USHJA and its relationship with USEF and other affiliates.