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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Ocala equestrian competing in Summer Olympics in Paris

Will Coleman, an equestrian event rider who trains in Ocala, is one of four individuals representing the United States Olympic Eventing Team at the Olympic Games in Paris, France later this month.

Coleman and his riding partner, Off The Record, were one of four duos selected for the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team. The duo will compete at the 2024 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, which are being hosted in Paris, France, from July 26, 2024 to August 11, 2024.

According to a statement issued by the United States Equestrian Team Foundation (USEF), the eventing competition is the first equestrian discipline on the overall sporting schedule at the Olympic Games.

Eventing, which is a type of triathlon for horses, will be held at the equestrian grounds of Versailles, beginning Saturday, July 27, and concluding Monday, July 29.

Coleman joins several other rider-horse duos that will travel to the games, including Boyd Martin and Fedarman B, and Caroline Pamukcu and HSH Blake. Several other duos have also been named as reserves.

U.S. Olympic Eventing Team competing in 2024 Olympic Games in Paris
U.S. Olympic Eventing Team competing in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (Photo: Shannon Brinkman, Libby Law Photography)

“This was a very thorough selection process and after speaking with each of our team members named to this Olympic team, I can say there is a palpable sense of optimism and determination as we enter these final six weeks of meticulous preparation heading into Paris,” said Chef d’Equipe Bobby Costello, the team leader, in a statement issued in early June.

Coleman, who turned 41 in May, started his life with horses at just 6 years old and has been working and training with them for decades since. He currently trains out of Okonokos Farm in Ocala.

Coleman’s visit to Paris will mark his second trip to the Olympic Games. In 2012, he competed with the U.S. Eventing Team at the London Olympics.

Off the Record, whose nickname is Timmy, is owned by Off The Record Syndicate. According to USEF, Timmy and Coleman started their career together in 2015. In the years since the duo has attained success at the highest levels of competition.

Will Coleman (Photo: Taylor Pence/United States Equestrian Team Foundation)
Will Coleman (Photo: Taylor Pence/United States Equestrian Team Foundation)

In 2022, Timmy was selected for the FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni, Italy, where Coleman and his teammates won a silver medal for the United States.

During that event, Coleman and Timmy finished as the highest-placed American combination in seventh.

That same year, Coleman was a USEF Equestrian of Honor and was awarded the William C. Steinkraus Trophy at the USEF Pegasus Awards.

In 2021, Coleman and Timmy claimed victory at CHIO Aachen, becoming the first Americans to ever win the event.

To read more about the equestrian, his journey, or his life, visit Will Coleman Equestrian online, or follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.