6 Weeks to Better Jumping

This course of systematic, progressive exercises from veteran Olympian Jimmy Wofford will help you and your horse jump better in six weeks.

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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.
What’s Included
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.
01. Getting Started
Equipment Check
That All-Important Two-Point
The 'Light Three-Point' Position
How Your Horse Jumps
Measure Your Horse's Performance

02. Week One
Gymnastic #1

03. Week Two
Preparation for Gymnastic #2
Gymnastic #2

04. Week Three
Why We Do Gymnastics I
Preparation for Gymnastic #3
Gymnastic #3

05. Week Four
Why We Do Gymnastics II
Preparation for Gymnastic #4
Gymnastic #4

06. Week Five
Why We Trot In
Preparation for Gymnastic #5
Free Course Preview Gymnastic #5
Week 5 Quiz

07. Week Six
Preparation for Gymnastic #6
Gymnastic #6

Jim Wofford

Three-time Olympian James C. (Jim) Wofford has spent his life with horses and is one of the best-known eventing trainers in the world today. A Hall of Fame member of the United States Eventing Association, he trains at his farm in Upperville, Virginia, and travels extensively, teaching and giving clinics.

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, were graduates of the Wofford program. In addition, three of the four members of the 2002 World Equestrian Games gold medal team 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 also both graduates of the Wofford program.

Jim was named U.S. Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year in both 1998 and 1999. He coached the Canadian Team for the 2002 World Championships, the 2003 Pan American Championships (where Canada won a team silver medal), and the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In 2007 Jim was named a Fellow of the U.S. Eventing Association Instructor Certification Program.

Jim was a successful competitor until his retirement in 1986. He rode 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.

In addition to Jim’s eventing achievements, he was an active competitor in steeplechase races, rode in numerous horse shows, and fox hunted for more than 30 years.

A widely sought-after clinician and coach, Jim now brings his time-tested wisdom and training skills to help you and your horse.