Will Coleman

Hometown: Gordonsville, Va. Birthday: 5/8/1983 Sport/Disciplines: Eventing Olympic Years: 2012, 2024

Will Coleman began his riding career when he was just 6 years old, riding his Shetland Pony, TJ, in the Virginia hunt fields with family and dabbling in multiple disciplines. Coleman’s interest in eventing was cultivated when he attended a clinic with eventing greats Karen and David O’Connor and later went to work for them in the summers.

Coleman’s youth career reached a pinnacle in 2001 when he was the individual gold medalist at the North American Youth Championships. With his Irish Sport Horse, Fox In Flight, he became the first U.S. athlete to win the Bramham CCI4*-L in 2003. The pair made their CCI5*-L debut that same year with a completion at Burghley and were subsequently named to the U.S. Eventing Team short list for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

In 2012, Coleman and his Westphalian gelding Twizzel were part of the U.S. Eventing Team at the London Olympics. He had his first World Championship outing as part of the team for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C. riding Tight Lines, owned by The Conair Syndicate.

Coleman made history in 2021, riding Off The Record, owned by Off The Record Syndicate LLC, to victory at the CCIO4*-S at CHIO Aachen, becoming the first American to ever win the prestigious event. The following year, the pair were part of the silver medal-winning U.S. team at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championship in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy. In 2022, Coleman was a USEF Equestrian of Honor and was awarded the William C. Steinkraus Trophy at the USEF Pegasus Awards.

Coleman had a stellar 2024 season with both Off the Record and new mount, Diabolo. The pair finished one-two at the competitive CCI4*-S at the Kentucky Three-Day Event. Ultimately, Coleman was selected to his second U.S. Olympic Eventing Team, opting to take Off The Record, with Diabolo as a direct reserve for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Coleman and his wife Katie, a professional eventing and dressage rider, operate Will Coleman Equestrian based in Virginia and Florida.