Jack LeGoff

Jack Le Goff, veteran of the Rome Olympics in 1960, where he was on the French bronze medal team, and the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, was appointed Coach of the U.S.E.T. Three-Day Squad by then USET President Whitney Stone. Jack had coached the 1968 French Olympic Team, including the individual gold medallist, Jean-Jacques Guyon and Pitou and his prowess had not gone unnoticed. Jack was not only a brilliant coach of international teams but took the time to study the grass roots riders, attending not only the top level competitions but those at the lower levels as well. He conducted, and still conducts, clinics that are open to the public and he has also helped with U.S. Pony Club rallies.

His great friendship and partnership with Neil Ayer, then President of the USCTA, resulted in the decade of the seventies being known as The Golden Era of eventing. Neil helped create the USET Team facilities in Hamilton, Massachusetts where Jack trained so many of the medal winning horses and riders of this country.

Jack's coaching of the U.S. Three-Day Event Team spanned fourteen years during which time the U.S. won medals in eight CCIO's. His achievements are as follows:

  • Olympic Medals
  • Munich, 1972 - Team silver.
  • Montreal, 1976 - Team gold. Individual gold and silver.
  • Fontainebleau,1980 Individual silver and bronze medals (Alternate Olympics)
  • Los Angeles,1984 Team gold and individual silver medals
  • World Championships:
  • Burghley, 1974 Team gold and individual gold.
  • Lexington, 1978 Team bronze and individual gold.
  • Luhmuhlen, 1982 Team and individual bronze medals.
  • Pan American Games:
  • Mexico City, 1975 Team gold and individual gold and silver

In 1996, Jack judged the Olympic Three-Day Event in Atlanta. Today, he continues to conduct clinics and maintains an active schedule as an FEI dressage and eventing judge.

Denny Emerson, who rode under Jack on the 1974 gold medal World Championship team, called him the "winningest" coach. Writing in The Chronicle of the Horse recently, Denny stated: "Right now, and I'd bet for years to come, the Le Goff dynasty will remain the gold standard against which people will measure any other USET three-day team."

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