James C. Wofford
James C. (Jim)
Wofford, 60, was born and raised on a horse farm in Milford,
Kansas. He 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 Upperville, Va., and
travels extensively, teaching and giving 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 Wofford’s
program. In addition, 3 out of the 4 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.
He was named USOC
Developmental Coach of the Year in both 1998 and 1999.He
recently served as the coach for the Canadian Team for the 2002
World Championships, for the Silver Medal Team at the 2003 Pan
American Championships, and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
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, is sold out, and scheduled for
re-publication in April of 2005, while his new book, GYMNASTICS: SYSTEMATIC
TRAINING OF THE JUMPING HORSE has been met with wide spread
maintained a life long involvement in the administration of his
sport, both nationally and internationally. This continues a
family tradition, since 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 USA-Equestrian), 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 2 years as Vice Chairman. In addition, he
has served on numerous other committees during his career.
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 2 Team Silver medals, and 1 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 5 times, on 5 different horses,
and won or placed at many competitions abroad between 1959 and
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 Olympics in 1956.
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 of 38
years, 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 3 grand-sons,
James Walker Jones. Hudson Wofford Jones, and Lewis Kitchell
Ince. The entire family still rides
- Preliminary to Advanced.
to 4th level. Lessons
- Horses currently in training for a
Three Day Event, or Area II Young
Riders at any level.
Clinics - at farm and
will travel. Coaching
- at events.
Write or e-mail for
Preliminary to Advanced (26
years). Training (35 years).
Novice (37 years).
- To Prix St. Georges (32
To A (30 years).
- Hunters, jumpers, and
equitation (30 years).
Advanced / Intermediate
(27 years). Training
and Novice (32
Olympic Silver Medals '68, '72,
'80 (individual). World
Championships Individual Bronze
'70. Five time National
Champion. Team Gold '67 Pan Am
Term - de Nemethy,
Le Goff, Sederholm, Lynch
Clinics - George
Morris, Hans Moeller, Anne
16 stalls, 188 acres. 75' x 150'
indoor arena. 100' x 200'
outdoor arena. Easy access to
Novice through Preliminary
cross-country schools. Write for
details on accommodations.