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Jim started riding at the age of four when his mom, Sue Moore, entered him in Lead Line classes at the shows his brother and sisters competed in. Being a professional horsewoman, Jim’s mother got him involved over the years in Hunter/Jumper showing, competitive trail riding, endurance riding, saddle seat Morgan and Arabian showing, American Paint Horse Showing, 4-H showing, and eventually Pony Club and eventing. Jim was twice “Colorado State Champion 4-H English.” He got his “A” Pony Club Rating when he was 18. In 1985 he was “High Point Junior Rider” for Area IX United States Eventing Association. He has also been “High Point Senior Rider” for Area IX USEA in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1997, 2001, and 2002, and “Reserve High Point Senior Rider” in 2000. Jim was also “Leading Rider” for Mountain States Eventing Association in 1987, 1988, 1997, and 2002. He was “Reserve Leading Rider” for MSEA in 2000. He has won the prestigious “Bassinger Bowl” in 1986, 1988, 2001, and 2002, which is awarded to the highest points for all competitions in North America in which one-third must be accumulated in Area IX.

In 1997, Jim and “Chesapeake Bay” won the Richard Collins Trophy for the USA National One-Star Championship. He is a Certified Advanced Level Instructor for Eventing through the American Riding Instructors Association and an “L” Judge for United States Dressage Federation. Jim started training with Karen O’ Connor in 1987. He was picked to ride in a United States Equestrian Team training session under Jack LeGoff in which Karen was also riding, and he decided to train with her for six months after that. For nine years after that, Jim brought Karen out to Colorado for clinics and travelled back every year to the East Coast to train with her.

In 2000, he finally broke into the North American High Score Leaderboard finishing the year at 36th and also finishing 49th in 2001 and 32nd in 2002! He has been on the USET Long List since 1998 as a Developing rider under the tutelage of Captain Mark Phillips. His mare “Herzjewel” in 2001 finished 3rd and in 2002 finished 4th “Mare of the Year” for the U.S. Eventing Association. Jim hopes to one day represent the United States Equestrian Team internationally.

In 2005, Jim was appointed to the U.S. Eventing Association Board of Governors for three year term. He also passed the U.S. Eventing Association Level 3 Instructors Certification with distinction! In October 2004, Jim was picked to represent the United States as an individual in the World Cup of Eventing Final in Pau, France, riding his sister’s Dutch Warmblood gelding named “Grieko”!

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