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Will Simpson

Event in which you compete: Show Jumper

 
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
 
Number of years riding: 35 Years
 
Career accomplishments to date:
2008 USA Team Gold Medalist in Show Jumping
1992 Held the highest jump of 7ft, 9.25in
Won over 50 Grand Prix
 
How you got started in your event: In the little town of Springfield, Ill., that was about the only kind of riding that was available.
 
Length of time you’ve been sponsored by Ariat: Five years
 
Favorite Ariat product (by name): Monaco Field Boots, and I like some of the Western products, too.
 
Proudest career moment: Standing on the podium in Hong Kong at the 2008 Olympics to receive the Team Gold medal.
 
Tell us about your first horse: It was a hot little Thoroughbred mare named Glenda Joe. She won eight of eight classes at two different horse shows. She was a little unruly at times, but those are the same kind of horses I like today.
 
You ride because: I love to ride because every time you get on a horse it is a new experience. There is nothing like the experience of pure horse power.
 
If you weren’t a professional rider, you would be a: Tennis player.
 
Favorite mentor or idol growing up: Rodney Jenkins and Bernie Treuric
 
Favorite place to travel: Up in Business Class. Anywhere in a truck with all of the horses behind.
 
Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you: I cook the best Baby-Back Ribs West of the Mississippi.
 
Favorite way to unwind outside of the barn: Play Tennis
 
Good luck charm: When my kids are in the stands watching me compete.