December 8, 2003 — Jack Le Goff, 72, of New Ringgold, PA, 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 medalist, Jean-Jacques Guyon and Pitou. Under his leadership the United States Three-Day Team won the Olympic, World Championship and Pan-American Championship in International Three-Day Eventing. In 1983, Le Goff was chosen as the AHSA Horseman of the Year. The following year, he retired as Coach of the United States Three-Day Team and served for five years as the Director of the USET Training Center in Hamilton, MA. He served as a member of the Ground Jury for the World Equestrian Games in The Hague, Holland, and the European Championships in Pratoni, Italy, the Atlanta Olympic Games and the European Championships at Burghley (GB).
Le Goff adds his name to a distinguished list of equestrians who have made indelible marks on the world of horse sports, including recent recipients of the sterling silver hat by Tiffany’s, Frank D. Chapot, John H. Fritz, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and husband-and-wife teams, Kenneth and Sallie Wheeler and Ned and Nina Bonnie.
The award will be formally presented at the Pegasus Dinner held as part of the U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting, Jan. 16, 2004, in Los Angeles, CA. For ticket information contact Krista Greathouse at 859-225-6961 or via email at [email protected]