Jim Wofford's Jumping Academy
Course 1: 6 Weeks to Better Jumping
Every horse is born knowing how to jump. But the same horse whose natural form and athleticism you marvel at free-jumping over a fallen tree in the pasture somehow doesn’t perform the same when you get on and guide him over a series of jumps. When you put the weight of a rider on the horse’s back, it takes a lengthy training process before that horse can reach his full potential. There are a lot of methods out there—what’s the best way to improve the way you and your horse jump?
The Wofford Way
Jim Wofford, an Olympic eventing medalist and five-time U.S. National Champion, has produced top international riders, including members of several Olympic eventing teams. Jim has had at least one student on every U.S. Olympic, World Championship and Pan American Games team since 1978. All four members of the U.S. bronze medal team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, as well as individual gold medal winner David O’Connor (coach of the 2016 U.S. Olympic eventing team), are graduates of the Wofford program.
A longtime columnist for Practical Horseman, Jim is now working with the magazine’s award-winning staff to bring his tried-and-true progressive system of exercises to riders aiming to improve their jumping—and their overall partnership with their horses.
Whether you’re competing at hunter/jumper shows, eventing or just want to be able to pop over a log on a trail ride through the woods with confidence, this course has what you need.
Through videos, readings, detailed exercise instructions, downloadable PDFs and assignments, Jim will cover:
- How a horse jumps
- How to select a jumping horse
- How to improve your position and fitness
- Equipment selection and fit
- What to look for in a training facility
- A progressive series of six basic gymnastics, including set-up and distances
- And much more!
How It Works
You may complete the learning units at your own pace, using a Wi-Fi connection. You will have access to the course and its resources any time.