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Coach Spotlight – Will Simpson

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Will Simpson is a Grand Prix celebrity, riding at the top of the sport for many years. His Gold Medal winning round on Carlsson Vom Dach in the 2008 Beijing Olympics is the crowning achievement of his career – thus far! Will’s enthusiasm for the sport spills over into his Guest Coach segments, where his charisma and charm make for a dynamic learning experience.

Career Highlights

  • 2008 Olympic Show Jumping Team Gold Medal on Carlsson Vom Dach
  • 5 time World Cup Finalist
  • Winner of over 75 Grand Prixs
  • Held the World Wall Record 7’9 1/4″ for 10 years
  • Currently holds the North American High Jump Record
  • Current member of Simpson Show Jumping along with wife Nicki and daughter Sophie.

Video Interview with Will Simpson

Get to Know Will

will simpson, Q: What got you riding and when?
A: 11 years old, I tried every sport under the sun.

Q: Where did your equestrian education begin?
A: Sangamon Valley Pony Club in Springfield, Illinois.

 Q: Your first horse?
A: Glenda Jo, a 15.3 hand thoroughbred mare. She won 8 out of 8 classes at two different shows. She is why I ride today!

Q: What inspired you to become a professional?
A: I love the outdoor life and wanted to be a cowboy.

Q: Have you tried any other disciplines?
A: I like reining horses.

Q: Best moment on a horse?
A: Jumping the last jump in the Olympic Games clear for the Gold! will simpson, olympics, 2008, gold medal
Q: Who have been your mentors?
A: George Morris, Rodney Jenkins and Bernie Traurig.

Q: Best Time or place to ride?
A: Out on the trail.

Q: Your philosophy as a horseman?
A: Try to help the horse understand his job.

Q: Do you have any of your own horses?
A: I like to own a horse or two at a time.

Q: Career aside, non horsey accomplishments or interests?
A: Father of two – daughter, Sophie and son, Ty. BBQing the best ribs west of the Mississippi! Now if I could only play the guitar!

Q: Charities or causes you care about?
A: comptonjrposse.org

Q: Your inspiration to ride and teach?
A: The horse, there is always something to learn from the horse.

Getting To Know The Unfamiliar Horse

Will Simpson demonstrates the exercises he uses to get acquainted with any new horse that arrives in his barn. With safety in mind, Will starts this process from the ground in order to better assess his new horse before getting in the saddle. Click here to view the full length version of this video.

Will Simpson is a Grand Prix celebrity, riding at the top of the sport for many years. His Gold Medal winning round on Carlsson Vom Dach in the 2008 Beijing Olympics is the crowning achievement of his career – thus far! Will’s enthusiasm for the sport spills over into his Guest Coach segments, where his charisma and charm make for a dynamic learning experience.

– See more at: http://www.equestriancoach.com/coach/?tid=6#sthash.X0NxrmdB.dpuf

Will Simpson is a Grand Prix celebrity, riding at the top of the sport for many years. His Gold Medal winning round on Carlsson Vom Dach in the 2008 Beijing Olympics is the crowning achievement of his career – thus far! Will’s enthusiasm for the sport spills over into his Guest Coach segments, where his charisma and charm make for a dynamic learning experience. – See more at: http://www.equestriancoach.com/coach/?tid=6#sthash.X0NxrmdB.dpuf
Will Simpson is a Grand Prix celebrity, riding at the top of the sport for many years. His Gold Medal winning round on Carlsson Vom Dach in the 2008 Beijing Olympics is the crowning achievement of his career – thus far! Will’s enthusiasm for the sport spills over into his Guest Coach segments, where his charisma and charm make for a dynamic learning experience. – See more at: http://www.equestriancoach.com/coach/?tid=6#sthash.X0NxrmdB.dpuf

Cori Christmann

Originally from Canada but now living in beautiful sunny Southern California, Cori is the daughter of a trainer, so she was practically born and raised on a horse. She spent her junior years showing non-stop in the hunters, equitation and jumpers, while also helping with the family business (coaching students, training horses, mucking stalls you name it). She has learned a lot over the years from some amazing horsemen and women and has had lots of experience with different types of horses and students of many abilities.

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