Without great owners, Will would not be fortunate enough to have great horses. Below are some of the incredible people behind the world-class horses at Will Coleman Equestrian.
Rich and Roxanne Booth
Will met Rich and Roxanne years ago when he began giving their daughter Morgan some riding lessons. They have since developed a close friendship, and Rich and Roxanne have been key members of a number of Will’s syndicated horses, including Conair, Luckington, and the Four-Star Eventing Group. They are two of the nicest people Will has ever known.
Vicky Castegren and Hyperion Stud
Vicky is a horse enthusiast and very accomplished horse woman. After years of show jumping at the international and grand prix level, Vicky started Hyperion Stud which has proven to be one of the more respected breeding and stud services in the US today. As part of her interest in promoting young horse development here in the US, Vicky and Hyperion Stud own a share each in the Luckington Syndicate and in the Four-Star Eventing Group.
Nanki is Will’s longest-tenured owner, and one of his dearest friends. Will began riding for Nanki when he was just 20 years old, on a fabulous horse called Wild Frontier. Their history together includes some great horses, including Nevada Bay, a three-star winner, and the late ConAir. Nanki is an amazing and knowledgable horse woman herself, and Will feels privileged that she is part of his team and family.
Jim and Katie Fitzgerald
Jim is another one of Will’s longtime supporters and close friends, and his new wife Katie is a welcome addition. Both are avid fox hunters and horse lovers, and coming from the Thoroughbred industry, have an innate connection to the galloping sport of eventing. They are wonderful people, and have been a part of a number of horses, including the Four-Star Eventing Group, Zipp, EZ Aljaish, War End, and several others.
You could say Suzanne Lacy is partly responsible for Will falling in love with the sport of eventing. She and her Sandy River crew made those first few events that Will went to as a youngster both fun and unforgettable. Will and Suzanne have remained close ever since, and are now partners on a number of young event horses through their company KBLB Event Horses. Suzanne’s personality is larger than life, and she is a welcome and cherished addition to Will’s support structure.
The Broussard family needs no introduction, as they have been monumental owners for US eventing going back decades. Will was lucky enough to have them as part of the ConAir Syndicate, and is hugely appreciative of the support of Team Rebecca. While the competitive life of Conair may have been cut short, we hope that there will be other successes that we may proudly say include Team Rebecca. They are wonderful people and stewards of our great sport.
Kristen and Andy Sparks
Kristen and Andy are proud members of the Four-Star Eventing Group, and were among the first to sign on to this syndicate. They have been patient members, and were rewarded finally with OBOS OReilly triumphing at the Bromont CCI3*, their first big win as event horse owners. Andy and Kristen are good friends of Will’s; they love their horses and, when they come to events, are a guaranteed “good time.”
Mark is a member of the Four-Star Eventing Group.
Ben and Elaine Walden
Will met Ben and Elaine a couple of years ago when he was trying to help them find a horse for their daughter, Hope. In the process, they took an interest in what Will was doing competitively, and subsequently bought a share in the Luckington Syndicate. The Walden family are top class, true horse people that are as genuine as they come. Will is lucky to have them aboard and enjoys every moment spent in their company.
Augie and Joyce Vettorino
Augie and Joyce have been event horse owners for decades, and have had some good ones, including the great Drizzle. Augie is a huge fan of the sport, and calls himself a professional spectator. A knowledgable guy, he has seen every big event in the world and competes himself on a number of horses that he’s produced. Augie and Will have become friends over the years. He took an interest in Will’s belief that producing young horses is really the most efficient way to build depth in a top rider’s barn, and they are now partners on a nice Irish-bred horse named Off The Record.