Jim Wolf, former U.S. Equestrian Federation executive director of sport programs, announced Dec. 2 the formation of Wolf Sports Group LLC. Wolf left his position at the USEF on Dec. 1 after more than 20 years with the organization.
According to a press release, Wolf Sports Group will “provide services in sports marketing as well as event management and logistics.” The company will focus mainly, though not exclusively, on equestrian sports, and it will be based out of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation office in Gladstone, N.J. The USEF is Wolf Sports Group’s first client.
“I have devoted my entire career to helping equestrian sports and furthering its growth,” said Wolf. “That is not going to change. I remain committed to the USEF and will continue to work with them and help them with sponsorships. I do believe, however, that in my new capacity I will be in a better position to do more for our sport, and I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
The USEF is now seeking a director of sport programs, and the job opening is listed on the USEF website.
“We’re excited for Jim, and I know he’s excited as well,” said USEF CEO John Long. “He and I have been talking about this for a few years, and it’s not a surprise. It’s something we’ve been working on for quite a while. We get to continue working with him as we go through this process.”
Wolf will help transition his former USEF Sport Programs duties by assisting with the implementation of logistics for U.S. Team participation in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France), and he will serve as the U.S. chef de mission for those Games next summer.
“I think, in the horse world, it’s all about timing, whether you’re on the horse or on the ground,” Wolf said. “The timing was just really good. There are a lot of opportunities coming to grow equestrian sport in this country and globally, and I really wanted to be part of that. I could be a bigger part of it outside of the USEF.”