2012 Bill Wofford, Rimroc Farm

Bill Wofford is the Owner of Rimroc Farm with his wife, Beth, and has been in the business of breaking, consigning and boarding Thoroughbreds since 1975. Rimroc Farm’s 120 acres is located on Kearney Road and is nestled among industry giants on prime Kentucky Bluegrass. On a yearly basis, Rimroc is responsible for breaking an average of 50 yearlings and two-year-olds. Much of the riding and training comes under the patient guidance of Bill and Beth. Even today, you will find Bill schooling up to four horses daily. Rimroc Farm puts an amazing foundation into each of the horses under their care which prepares them not only for the track but also for careers after the races. Buyers come from across the country to purchase off-the-track Thoroughbreds from Rimroc to be used as Sport Horses, due to Bill’s reputation of producing a well-prepared, athletic horse. Some of the early training includes riding through the woods and jumping small obstacles—skills that make for a more marketable horse upon retirement from the racetrack.

Also a licensed flat and steeplechase trainer, one of Bill’s biggest accomplishments includes training his own steeplechaser, Ozymandias, as the 1986 National Timber Horse of the Year. In terms of consigning horses, Rimroc has overseen ten Thoroughbred dispersals including Newstead Farm and the sale of such horses as Unbridled, Arazi and McDynamo.

Bill’s love affair with the equine athlete started early with the help of his cousin, Jimmy Wofford, an Olympic athlete, and included a stint as a groom for the 1971 Olympic Three Day Event team along with competing in the Rolex Three Day Event at the Intermediate Level. To this day, Bill still rides many steeplechase horses and breaks and schools many flat horses for his long list of “A-List” clients. Some of Rimroc’s graduates include Starrer, Kelly’s Landing, Maram and Papa Clem.

A 1971 graduate of Western Carolina University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Bill also earned his Master’s Degree in 1974. He was a much loved teacher of math, science and history at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School in Lexington, Scott County Middle School and St. Vincent Strambi School in Central Jamaica. He made the difficult choice to resign from teaching in order to operate Rimroc Farm full-time, however his passion for teaching remains strong and on occasion he is a substitute teacher and a volunteer teacher for remedial students and an advisor to many young people in the Bluegrass. “Mr. High Hope Steeplechase” as Bill is affectionately known to many, reflects his long dedication to various charities. He has been the driving force behind the High Hope Steeplechase for over 20 years, serving as President and Racing Director. To date the High Hope has donated more than $1 Million to charities and has propelled Central Kentucky Riding for Hope into one of the most recognized therapy centers in the United States. Other charities near and dear to Bill include Habitat for Humanity and the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, he is also involved in an annual book and school supply drive for the children of Jamaica.

Bill is an avid tennis player, scuba diver and golfer. He has two children, Jessica, who has earned a Ph.D. in Cell & Molecular Biology from Duke University and is currently a veterinary student at North Carolina State University; and a son, Gabe, a graduate of the University of Hawaii, earning his degree in Global Environmental Studies. Bill and Beth have been married for 35 years.

Congratulations to Bill Wofford, the 49th KTFMC Farm Manager of the Year!