Sunday, May 6, 2012

Jim's Biography




Unfortunately, I will have to postpone my Oct. 11-12th clinic at Gladstone, NJ. The new date for that clinic will be May 30-31, 2015. This will be an interesting weekend, as I will display a wide range of gymnastic exercises, changing the exercises as the level of experience of the horses increases. It is exciting to bring gymnastics back to Gladstone. Many consider Gladstone to be the birthplace of modern gymnastic training, thanks to their use by long-time USET coach, Bertelan de NĂ©methy.
Here is a link to my June column in Practical Horseman, titled "Reinventing Equitation." Hope you enjoy it:
http://practicalhorsemanmag.com/article/reinventing-equitation-25223

Nancy Jaffer has just posted a preview article regarding my October 11-12 gymnastics clinic at Gladstone, NJ. You can read it by following this link:
http://www.nj.com/sports/njsports/index.ssf/2014/08/wofford_goes_back_to_his_roots_at_gladstone_for_gy.html
 On October 11-12th, 2014, I am planning a clinic at the USET Training Center, in Gladstone, NJ. During these two days, I will demonstrate the gymnastic exercises from my latest book, MODERN GYMNASTICS. This is an exciting project for me, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of my arrival at Gladstone as a rookie. Gladstone has been the headquarters and training center of the USET since 1963, and holds a mystical place in the imagination of all of us who have been involved with the USET.
        Although I had been exposed to the use of gymnastics before I arrived at Gladstone, I had not realized what a powerful training tool they are for both horse and rider until I saw them in use at the USET Training Center. While simple gymnastic exercises have been used for over one hundred years, it took the genius of Bert de NĂ©methy (legendary coach of the USET, 1955-1984) to explore and establish their more sophisticated use.
        This clinic is open to horses from any discipline, eventing, jumpers, hunters, or equitation. I will teach three groups per day, with horses that are comfortable jumping 2'6", 3'0", and 3'6" respectively. In addition, I will hold a Q&A/Lecture at 8:00 am both mornings. I expect a large group of auditors, and we will try to provide a sound system that will keep both the riders and the auditors informed and involved.
        Each level will do a slightly different series of exercises both days. This will help me to show the increasing sophistication of the exercises, as the educational level of the horse improves, and to demonstrate appropriate questions for horses at different levels.
        Some of the proceeds of this clinic will go to benefit the USET. You can obtain further information about the clinic from Vicky Srokas at:
srokas1@verizon.net




November 1, 2013
Biographical Information



James C. (Jim) Wofford, 69 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. Bus. Admin. ’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. In 2000, Wofford was listed by the Chronicle of the Horse as one of the “50 Most Influential Horseman” of the 20th century, and in January of 2012, he was awarded the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy for Lifetime Achievement, horse sports’ highest honor. A Hall of Fame member of both the United States Eventing Association and Culver Military Academy, Wofford trains at his farm in Upperville, Va., and travels extensively, teaching and giving clinics.
Wofford 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, including David O’Connor, 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, and Gina Miles, the Individual Silver Medal winner at the Beijing Olympics, are both graduates of Wofford’s program.
He was named USOC Developmental Coach of the Year in both 1998 and 1999. He served as 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. In 2007 Wofford was named a Fellow of the USEA Instructors Certification Program.
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 now back in print after selling out the first print run, while his second book, GYMNASTICS: SYSTEMATIC TRAINING FOR JUMPING HORSES is out of print. A sequel, entitled MODERN GYMNASTICS, is now available. Three other books, TAKE A GOOD LOOK AROUND, 101 EVENTING TIPS, and CROSS-COUNTRY WITH JIM WOFFORD, are all widely available. In addition, he writes a monthly column for Practical Horseman, the largest monthly periodical in the U.S. dedicated to “English” riding.
Beginning with the 1972 Olympics, Wofford has served as the color commentator for many national and international broadcasts, and has worked for NBC, ABC, and PBS. He served as the color commentator for the 2006 NBC Rolex Championships, for the NBC coverage of both the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany and the 2010 World Championships in Lexington, Ky., and for numerous other horse-related television programs.
Wofford has maintained a lifelong involvement in the administration of his sport, both nationally and internationally. This continues a family tradition; his father was a founding member and the first President of the U.S. Equestrian team. He has served as president of the United States Equestrian Federation, 1st vice-president of the United States Equestrian Team, and Secretary of the U.S. Eventing Association. He served two terms as a member of the International Equestrian Federation’s Eventing Committee, including 4 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, 1972, and 1980 Olympic teams, winning two team Silver medals, and one 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 both the U.S. Show Jumping and Eventing teams at the Olympics in 1956. His cousin, William Wofford, was a leading steeplechase rider, who won numerous steeplechase races, including The Virginia Gold Cup His horse, Ozymandias, was named Horse of the Year.
In addition to Jim’s eventing achievements, he was an active competitor in steeplechase races, rode in numerous horse shows, and fox hunted for over 30 years. Wofford and his wife of over 46 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 4 grandsons, James Walker Jones, Hudson Wofford Jones, Lewis Kitchell Ince, and Theodore Brown Ince. The entire family still rides. However, when the boys can sneak away, they go fishing as well.







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