On Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, join Eric Dierks for a live stream interview with Jim Wofford.
Wofford has had a successful riding career, joining the U.S. Eventing Team in 1965 and remaining a member until 1985. During this time, he trained under Bert de Nemethy and Jack LeGoff.
Wofford competed in the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games on his famous horse Kilkenny, winning team silver both times, and was also named to the 1980 Olympic Games but did not compete due to the Olympic Committee’s boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics. He was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal many years after. He also competed on the U.S. Eventing Team at the 1970 World Championships at Punchestown, Ireland, winning an individual bronze with Kilkenny, and at the 1978 World Championships with Carawich, winning a team bronze.
Wofford’s records also include five wins—each on a different horse—at five U.S. National
Championships, a team gold medal at the
1967 Pan American Games, and two wins at the Kentucky Three-Day Event (1981 with Carawich and 1986 with The Optimist — coming out
of retirement to ride the horse for student and fellow Olympian, Karen O’Connor). He also competed very successfully abroad from 1959 –1986. In all, Wofford competed at the Advanced level over 20 years. During this time, he also raced as a steeplechase jockey and fox hunted for over 20 years.
Wofford retired as a competitor in 1986. He continues to ride, along with his wife, two daughters, and three grandsons.
This live stream is provided by the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced the host location and dates for the 2024 and 2025 USEF Eventing Young Rider Championships (CCI1*, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S). The Maryland International and Horse Trials will host the Championships in Adamstown, Maryland, on July 5-7, 2024, and July 6-8, 2025.
For the second year of the program, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is proud to award free Digital Memberships to qualified participants of the Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) that completed 10 or more hours of volunteer service through EventingVolunteers.com in 2023. The Digital Membership, which was introduced in January of last year, serves as a “thank you” to the loyal volunteers in our sport for their dedication to supporting events around the country throughout the year.
Spend the day immersing yourself in the intricacies of producing Young Event Horses at the 2024 Ocala Horse Properties USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Symposium tomorrow, Feb. 20, in Ocala, Florida. A star-studded list of presenters and demonstrators will be on-hand to educate the audience on the proper training and evaluation of the next generation of 4- and 5-star horses. Click here to register!