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Pony Club Leg Anatomy Clinic: February 4th, 2012

In a rare opportunity, advanced Pony Clubbers from Woodside and Portola Valley Pony Club had the luck to participate in a hands-on clinic dissecting the equine leg.  Youth and parents alike got to learn first hand, not only what the equine leg feels like from the outside, but what it looks like from the inside.  Volunteer veterinary students taught the clinic providing attendees with an excellent opportunity to see some common pathologies in the flesh, while gaining a more comprehensive knowledge of equine leg anatomy.

Clinic attendees showing off their surgical hands

Part of the itinerary: hoof and pastern cross section, leg diagrams and lunch!


Jimmy Wofford

A three-time Olympian, two-time World Championship team member, and five-time National Three-Day Event Champion, these days Jim Wofford is one of the country's most popular clinicians. He's had at least one student on every US Olympic, World , and Pan Am Games team since 1978; all four silver-medal 2000 US Olympic eventing team members and three of the four gold-medal 2002 World Championship eventing team members were graduates of his program. He's also written "Training the Three-Day Event Horse and Rider" and "Gymnastics: Systematic Training for Jumping Horses." Jim coached Canada's event team at the 2002 World Championships and will continue in this role through the 2004 Olympics.

 Brian Sabo 

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While Brian was riding ponies at a Los Angeles area barn his mother Kitty Sabo began a long friendship with a very young Hilda Gurney. Before long Hilda had struck out on her own as a trainer and Brian followed her. Hilda and Kitty founded the Woodland Hills Pony Club in 1965. In 1974 Brian passed his “A” rating. Brian served as D.C. of this club two times (1975-1977 and 1980-1983). During these early years Brian was introduced to the sport of vaulting. Eventually becoming a vaulting instructor Brian was proud to coach the Hidden Hills Horsemen vaulters to an unprecedented three national “A” championships.

 Hilda, the inspiration for many of the top trainers and riders in the United States was in the finest sense a mentor to Brian. Through her leadership he was introduced to the sport of Eventing in 1963. Brian won his first Preliminary three-day event in 1968 followed by winning the National Intermediate Championships in 1969. This was also the year his coach, Hilda, won the U.S. Open Championships. Riding a number of horses his active riding career spanned twenty years. This consistency led to being named the leading rider in USEA Area 6 in 1969 and 1981. Brian’s travels from coast to coast allowed him to successfully ride over most of the great American three-day event courses. Rides at Pebble Beach , Wild Horse Valley , Ram Tap, CTETA (now The Horse Park at Woodside), Blue Ridge, Ledyard, Fair Hill, Radnor, Chesterland and Kentucky give him a unique historical perspective. Brian remained active through the advanced level on both coasts until 1984 when his coaching activities began to take precedence. Brian and his wife Lisa, also a graduate “A” pony clubber, advanced level competitor, and Gurney protégé met at Pony Club and now work together training horses and coaching riders. As a volunteer to the horse community Brian has served as a USPC District Commissioner, USEA Area VI Chairperson (1985-1987), CDS L.A. chapter public relations chairperson (1973), AVA board of governors (1976-1978) and CTETA founding vice president (1976-1989). Brian was selected Chief Liaison Officer for the 1984 Olympic games. Asked to help with the show jumping phase of the three-day event by good friend Neil Ayer, Brian was eventually awarded the contract to design and build the three-day event show jumping course at Santa Anita.

Currently, as a USEA level 4 Instructor and USEA Instructor Certification Program faculty member, Brian is focused on helping others become the best riders, trainers, coaches and mentors they can be.