February 2014 Issue - page 10

Page 10
February 2014
Jim Wofford was born and raised on a horse farm
in Milford, Kansas and is a graduate of Culver Military
Academy and the School of Business at the University
of Colorado (B.S. ’69). Wofford, a 3-time Olympian,
has spent his life with horses and is one of the best-
known Eventing trainers in the world today. A member
of both the USEA and the Culver Military Academy
Hall’s of Fame, Wofford trains at his farm in Upper-
ville, VA and travels extensively teaching and conduct-
ing clinics.
He has had at least one student on every U.S.
Olympic, World Championship and Pan-American team
since 1978. All four members of the U.S. Bronze medal team at the 2000 Sydney Olym-
pics, as well as the Individual Gold medal winner, were graduates of Wofford’s program.
In addition, three out of the four members of the 2002 Gold Medal team at the World
Equestrian Games were his former students. Kim Severson, the Individual Silver Medal
winner at the Athens Olympics, is another graduate of Wofford’s program.
Jim was named USOC Developmental Coach of the Year in both 1998 and 1999.
He recently served as the coach for the 2002 Canadian World Championships Team
and for the Silver Medal Teams at the 2003 Pan American Championships and the 2004
Athens Olympics.
Widely sought after as a clinician and coach, Wofford is equally well known as
an author. His first book,
Training the 3-Day Event Horse and Rider
, was sold out and
re-published in 2005, while his new book,
Gymnastics: Systematic Training of the
Jumping Horse
has been met with widespread approval.
Wofford has maintained a lifelong involvement in the administration of his
sport, both nationally and internationally. This continues a family tradition, as
his father was a founding member and the first President of the U.S. Equestrian
team. He has served as president of the AHSA (now USEF), 1st vice-president
of the United States Equestrian Team and Secretary of the USCTA (now USEA).
He served two terms as a member of the FEI Eventing Committee, including two
years as Vice Chairman.
Wofford was a successful competitor until his retirement in 1986. He was on the
1968 and 1972 Olympic teams and named to the Olympic team in 1980, winning two
Team Silver medals and an individual Silver medal. He also competed in the 1970 and
1978 World championships, winning Bronze individual and team medals. He won the
U.S. National championships five times, on five different horses and won or placed at
many competitions abroad between 1959 and 1986.
He has followed in the footsteps of his family as a competitor. His father, Col.
John W. Wofford, was on the 1932 Olympic Show Jumping team, his oldest brother
J.E.B., was on the 1952 Olympic Bronze medal 3-Day Event team, his sister-in law,
Dawn Palethorpe Wofford, was on the British Olympic Show Jumping team in 1960
and his middle brother, Warren, was 1st reserve to the U.S. Show Jumping team at the
1956 Olympics.
In addition to his Eventing achievements, Wofford was an active competitor in
steeplechase races, rode in numerous horse shows and fox hunted for over 20 years.
Wofford and his wife, Gail W. Wofford ex-MFH, live at their farm in Upperville, VA.
The Woffords have two daughters, Mrs. Timothy l. (Hillary) Jones, and Mrs. Charles
K. (Jennifer) Ince, and three grandsons. The entire family still rides.
Conditioning for Competitions
(Sat., 11 am, Seminar Hall A)
Indoor Gymnastics for Jumping
(Sat., 5 pm, Equine Arena)
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