Le Goff wins USA Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Award 

6 Jan 2004

Veteran Eventer and initiator of the Eventing World Cup awarded in the USA 


Jack Le Goff, 72, has been named as the winner of the 2003 USA Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Award for the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy. This prestigious award is bestowed annually by the USA Equestrian Executive Committee to an outstanding equestrian or equestrians whose "lifetime experience and accomplishments exemplify uncommon devotion to the sport of horse showing and whose equestrian career and horsemanship has continually elevated the sport's excellence."

Le Goff, a veteran of the French bronze medal team of the Rome Olympics in 1960 and the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, was a member and Riding Master of the French Army's famed Cadre Noir. Le Goff coached the 1964 and 1968 French Olympic Team, including the individual gold medallist, Jean-Jacques Guyon and Pitou. Under his leadership the United States Eventing Team won the Olympic, World Championship and Pan-American Championship in Eventing. In 1983, Le Goff was chosen as the AHSA (USA NF) Horseman of the Year. The following year, he retired as Coach of the United States Eventing Team and served for five years as the Director of the USET (us Equestrian Team) Training Center in Hamilton, MA.

FEI retired judge and member of the Eventing Committee from 1999 to 2003, Jack Le Goff chaired the Working Group, which developed the Eventing World Cup concept, which was successfully launched in 2003.

The award will be formally presented at the Pegasus Dinner held as part of the U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting, on 16 January 2004, in Los Angeles (USA).

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