James C. Wofford

James C. (Jim) Wofford was a key member of the U.S. Equestrian Team's three-day event squad for two decades, during which time he was named to three Olympic teams, winning two team silver and an individual silver medal, and four national championships.

Jim was born and raised on a horse farm in Milford, Kansas. A graduate of Culver Military Academy, and the School of Business at the University of Colorado, he descends from a long line of equestrians.  His father, Col. John W. Wofford, represented the U.S. on the 1932 Olympic show jumping team, his oldest brother J.E.B., won a team bronze as part of the 1952 Olympic three-day team, and his middle brother, Warren, was first reserve to the U.S. show jumping team at the 1956 Olympics.

At least one rider on every U.S. Olympic, World Championship, and Pan-American team since 1978 has been a graduate of Jim's program. He recently took on the position as coach of the Canadian Team for the 2002 World Championships, and will continue in that capacity through the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Widely sought after as a clinician and coach, Jim is equally well known as an author. His first book, Training the Three-Day Event Horse and Rider, is sold out, and currently being revised for republication, while his new book, Gymnastics:  Systematic Training of the Jumping Horse has been met with wide spread approval.

Jim has 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. Jim has served as president of the AHSA (now U.S. Equestrian), first 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. In addition, he has served on numerous committees during his career.

In addition to his eventing achievements, Jim was an active competitor in steeplechase races, rode in numerous horse shows, and fox hunted for over 20 years. Jim and his wife of 37 years, Gail, live at their farm, Fox Covert, in Upperville, Virginia.

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