Hometown: Gordonsville, Va. Birthday: 5/8/1983 Sport/Disciplines: Eventing Olympic Years: 2012
Will Coleman began his riding career when he was just six years old, learning to ride in the hunt fields and in the show jumping ring under the tutelage of his father, who was also an avid horseman. Coleman’s interest in eventing was cultivated through an apprenticeship with famed eventing greats Karen and David O’Connor. In 2001, Coleman was the gold medalist at the North American Youth Championships. In 2003, Coleman became the first, and to date only, U.S. athlete to win the Bramham CCI4*-L Under-25 with Fox in Flight in the United Kingdom.
Coleman has added numerous accolades to his record, highlighted by representing the U.S. team at the London 2012 Olympic Games with Twizzel, the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 with Tight Lines, and as part of the silver medal-winning team at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni with Off the Record.
Coleman and Off The Record have a strong competitive history together. The pair won the 2018 Great Meadow International CCIO4*-S, 2019 Jersey Fresh International CCI4*-S, and 2021 Carolina International CCI4*-S. They also finished second in the 2020 MARS Great Meadow International CCI4*-S and third in the 2019 Tattersalls CCI4*-L. The pair was seventh individually at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships and the 2023 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS EquestrianTM CCI5*-L.
In 2022, Coleman was a USEF Equestrian of Honor and was awarded the William C. Steinkraus Trophy at the USEF Pegasus Awards.
Coleman and his wife Katie operate Will Coleman Equestrian, and they have a daughter named Charlie and a son named West.