In the Challenge, riders and their horses (age 3
and over) compete for cash and/or prizes by nego-
tiating a course of obstacles while being timed and
scored by a panel of judges. This event will be held
over two days with Novice, Youth and Non-Pro divi-
sions competing on Saturday and the Open Championship, open to all riders and trainers,
competing on a more challenging course on Sunday. The professionally designed courses
will challenge the communication and trust riders have with their horse.
Trail Champions Challenge
(Sat., 9:00 am, Sun., 9:00 am, Equine Arena)
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 Halls of Fame, Wofford
trains at his farm in Upperville, VA and travels
extensively teaching and conducting 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 Olympics, as well as the Individual Gold medal winner, were graduates of Wof-
ford’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 PanAmerican Championships and the 2004Athens 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.
Perfect Positions & Unicorns
(Fri., 2 pm Seminar Hall A)
Jumping Gymnastics for Horse & Rider
(Fri., 4 pm, Equine Arena)
Eventing; Past, Present & Future
(Sat., 11 am, Seminar Hall A)
Make Big Horses Little & Little Horses Big
(Sat., 1 pm, Equine Arena)
Two hours of the best
Friday and Saturday
at 8:30 pm
tickets early for