Cross-Country with Jim Wofford

26 Lessons to Improve Your Eventing Skills from the Olympic Rider and Top Coach

Jim Wofford



From his monthly Practical Horseman column, since 2006 a must-read for thousands of fans, international eventer and coach Jim Wofford has compiled this close-up of the training principles that put first him—and then his studentson the Olympic podium. If you're an amateur just getting into the sport, Jim's insights (often enhanced by his trademark irreverent humor) will also give you the tools to do it right.

With input from Jim, aided by instructional photos and diagrams, get ready to:

  • Choose the horse and equipment you need to enjoy eventing from the beginning
  • Put yourself and your horse on a program that gets you both fit enough to enjoy the sport
  • Get out of the ring for safe cross-country schooling over natural obstacles
  • Develop the most effective position for each phase of eventing
  • Gallop (that's right, gallop!) and jump safely at speed
  • Train confidently at home on your own
  • Condition correctly to compete in a Classic-format event


Even if eventing is not your discipline, you won't want to miss out on this book and its bonus DVD!

Additional Information

Author: Jim Wofford

Format: Paperback with Bonus DVD

Page Count: 120

Illustrations: Color photographs throughout

ISBN: 9781929164523

By Jim Wofford

Jim Wofford, a three-time Olympian and one of the best-known eventing trainers in the world, died on February 2, 2023. In 2000, Wofford was listed by The Chronicle of the Horse as one of the “50 Most Influential Horseman of the 20th Century,” and he was a Hall of Fame inductee of both the United States Eventing Association and Culver Military Academy, which he attended. Wofford was the author of Training the 3-Day Event Horse and Rider; Gymnastics: Systematic Training for Jumping Horses; Modern Gymnastics, Take a Good Look Around; 101 Eventing Tips; Cross-Country with Jim Wofford; and Still Horse Crazy After All These Years. His legacy of eventing greatness lives on in his many protégés and students.