U.S. Chef d'Equipe Ridland among four joining country's Show Jumping Hall of Fame

Ridland with Laura Kraut and Taylor Alexander in Paris in 2018
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Thursday 28 March - 12h31 | Edited press release

U.S. Chef d'Equipe Ridland among four joining country's Show Jumping Hall of Fame

The U.S. Show Jumping Hall of Fame has announced the election of four new inductees: Olympic veteran and current U.S. Chef d'Equipe, Robert Ridland; horse show manager and legendary announcer, Peter Doubleday; Olympic rider and coach and the first President of the USET, Colonel John W. "Gyp" Wofford; and Bold Minstrel, the only horse in history to win medals for the U.S. at the Pan American Games in two different disciplines. The four will be honored at the Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony at the Devon Horse Show in May.

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More on the new members - U.S. Chef d'Equipe Ridland among four joining country's Show Jumping Hall of Fame

 
Robert Ridland
From Olympic rider and network broadcaster to international official, award-winning course designer, and U.S. Chef d'Equipe, Robert Ridland has had a career in show jumping that is virtually unparalleled.
 
In 2013, Ridland was named the U.S. Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor, following renowned predecessors Bertalan de Némethy, Frank Chapot and George Morris. Since he assumed that role, the U.S. has won at least one medal in every Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games and Olympics, in addition to winning three FEI World Cup Finals. The success of his program was highlighted in 2018 when the U.S. won team Gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ and claimed first, second and fourth places at the FEI World Cup Finals.
 
Peter Doubleday
Peter Doubleday has been a prominent figure on the nation's horse show circuit since 1975. As the show announcer for 30 or more horse shows a year, his voice has been heard by millions over the years.
 
In addition to announcing many of this country's leading horse shows such as the Winter Equestrian Festival, Hampton Classic and Lake Placid Horse Shows, Doubleday has also announced the world's biggest international events - the FEI World Cup Finals, Pan American Games, FEI World Equestrian Games and the Olympics. A USEF and FEI rated judge, Doubleday has served on the USEF Jumper and Show Management Committees, as a Director of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and was also a founding Director of both the American Grandprix Association (AGA) and the Show Jumping Hall of Fame of which he has been Chairman since 2011.
 
Colonel John W. "Gyp" Wofford  
Born in Laurens, South Carolina, in 1898, Colonel John W. "Gyp" Wofford left his mark on the sport of Show Jumping as an Olympic rider and coach and as the first president of the United States Equestrian Team (USET).
 
Wofford coached the Show Jumping and Three-Day Event teams in the USET's initial Olympic appearance at the 1952 Games in Helsinki, Finland, winning team Bronze medals in both disciplines with his eldest son "Jeb" riding on the Eventing team at only 19 years of age. The team also placed sixth in the dressage competition. In 1953, Wofford was elected to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) executive committee.
 
Bold Minstrel
Bold Minstrel is the only horse in history to win medals for the U.S. at the Pan American Games in two different disciplines. The king of versatility, the 16.3-hand stunning grey Thoroughbred-cross was supremely talented and bold and he achieved amazing success in both eventing and show jumping in addition to excelling in the hunter ring.
 
Affectionately known as "Fatty" because he was an easy keeper, Bold Minstrel was bred in 1952 by Oliver DeGray Vanderbilt, the Master of Foxhounds of the Camargo Hunt in Ohio. William "Billy" Haggard III, a master of several disciplines himself, acquired Bold Minstrel as a 5-year-old and started the horse's career in foxhunting, hunters and eventing.
 
For full bios and a list of previous inductees, see here. 

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