Jim Wofford

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Are You a Horseman—or Just a Rider?

Jim Wofford’s quiz may help you answer the question.

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The End of the Cavalry

In an excerpt from his upcoming memoir, Jim Wofford shares stories of growing up in a horse-crazy family that had military icons and Olympians at the breakfast table.

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What’s in Your Toolbox?

Do you have the tools you need for competition this year … and do any need sharpening?

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In Search of the Complete Horseman

Hunter/jumper, eventing or dressage—remember, they’re all parts of a whole.

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When the Best Riders Meet Great Course Design

Jim Wofford explores how Derek di Grazia, designer of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event cross-country course, still stays a step ahead of elite competitors

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Jim Wofford: A Tribute to Caprilli

Jim contemplates the continuing influence of the Italian cavalryman who originated the forward seat.

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Gone Away! Techniques for Galloping Safely

Jim Wofford shares his “slow and safe” approach to learning to ride your horse at the gallop.

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Jim Wofford's Winter Reading List

Veteran eventing coach Jim Wofford suggests books to boost your knowledge in the off-season.

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Hoofprints Through History Part 2: Orphans Preferred

… in which Jim highlights some of the ways horses were central to all sides during the U.S. upheavals of the 19th century.

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Jim Wofford: From Hoofprints to Tire Treads

It took only half a century for horses, which had been mankind's essential partner in war and commerce for millennia, to be supplanted in those endeavors by machinery ... even as they became indispensable for sport and companionship.

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Hoofprints Through History

Jim Wofford reflects on a few of the countless instances when horses have been an intrinsic part of human history.

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Cross Country with Jim Wofford: One ‘Yeah, but …’ Leads to Another

Thought-provoking questions leave Jim contemplating the future of eventing.

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The Importance of Knowing Your Horse's Stride Length

Do you know the length of your horse’s stride? Jim tells you why it’s important and how to figure it out.

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Experience Takes Too Long

… unless you avail yourself of the experiences of others as well as your own.

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FINALLY!

The cross-country phase is why we do this sport. Here’s how to make the most of it.

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Jim Wofford: The Competitive Conundrum

Thoughts on reconciling the demands of competition—when ‘they’ are keeping score—with classical training principles

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Goodbye to Cap’nbilly

A very personal farewell tribute to a matchless horseman--Bill Steinkraus.

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Jim Wofford: Ready to Ride?

Jim advices riders not to overlook this essential in preparing for your new competitive season.

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Jim Wofford: Some Res … er, Wishes For the New Riding Year

Jim shares his thoughts on making your life with your horse even more beneficial to you both in the year ahead.

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This Is Your Horse Speaking … But Are You Listening?

In a departure from the norm and in the spirit of Christmas Eve myths, Jim lets Prince, the talking horse, take over his column and speak his mind.

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Jim Wofford: Now's Your Chance

Going into an off-season quiet time, you can plan for a fitter and happier horse next time out.

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Jim Wofford: Glorious Uncertainty

Jumping will always be a thrill.These tips from Jim keep it from being too much of a good thing.

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Silverbacks of the Sport

Part 2: Meet the mentors who helped Jim Wofford build his international eventing career.

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Jim Wofford: Silverbacks of the Sport

The great eventers of the past still speak to us.

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Jim Wofford: A Rolex Hat Trick For Michael Jung

The Terminator achieves another one for the record books.

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Finding Carawich

Like Harry Potter, Jim learned that “sometimes the wand chooses the wizard.”

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Beware the Ides Of Woff

Maybe the eventing world will pay more attention to Jim than Caesar gave the soothsayer.

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We’ve All Been There …

… wondering why we struggle with riding skills. Jim has the secret for getting from THERE to HERE

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Horses Don’t Want To Fall

Safe jumping depends, at least in part, on letting our horses figure it out for themselves.

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Jim Wofford: Gymnastic Exercise

Improve your horse’s rhythm, balance and independence over a bounce gymnastic.

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Jim Wofford: Our Sport Changes; Horses Do Not

Jim has had the time and opportunity to observe what has shifted in our sport—and what remains constant.

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Cross Country with Jim Wofford: Some Tips for Trainers

Jim shares insights from his decades as a trainer and coach.

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Jim Wofford's Rolex 2016 Report: Déjà Vu For Two Top Riders

Michael Jung and Lauren Kieffer left no room at the top for a leaderboard of promising up-and-comers.

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Jim Wofford: The Future of Horse Sports in the Olympics

There are upsides to the possibility that eventing could soon lose its Olympic status.

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Jim Wofford: The History of Transporting Horses

Horses have been transporting humans for millennia. We have learned to transport them much more recently.

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Jim Wofford: Gymnastics Can Benefit Every Horse

Because gymnastics tie in to the Training Scale, they can be helpful to many different types of horses.

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Jim Wofford: Anticipating Consequences of Changing the Sport of Eventing

This column is adapted from remarks that Jim recently addressed to the 2016 International Eventing Forum in Gloucestershire, England.

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Overcoming Speed Bumps In Your Riding

Top trainer Jim Wofford offers some helpful hints to help you get back on the right track with your riding.

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The Evolution of the Lower-Leg Position

Jim Wofford explains how the classic lower-leg position and the way we ride over fences have evolved from something quite different.

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Cross Country with Jim Wofford: A Touch of Blarney

For Jim Wofford, judging the Dublin Horse Show is a window to the past and the future.

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Jim Wofford's History of Eventing: From Completion To Competition

Jim Wofford's analysis of eventing’s century of evolution shows a shift of emphasis.

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Tack Choices Can Affect Your Horse's Performance and Attitude

When it comes to matching the right tack to different horses, says Jim Wofford, there is no one-type-suits-all.

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Jim Wofford: Change the Rules—And Change the Sport

Jim voices his concerns about rule changes in eventing.

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Jim Wofford: 2015 Rolex Kentucky Scoreboard Tells The Tale

Jim Wofford weighs in on the 2015 Rolex Kentucky CCI****.

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Different Horse Training Techniques: Try It, You’ll Like It

When it comes to horse training, there’s no one size fits all.

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Tuck and Roll for Safer Horseback Riding Falls

For when—not if—you fall off your horse, here’s how to make the best of it.

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Perfect Riding Position: A Moving Target

Your horse’s motion is the real determinant of your riding position at any time. Jim Wofford explains.

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Horses for Courses: Searching For a Suitable Eventer

Jim Wofford gives advice on how to find the right eventing prospect for your level and aspirations.