07/03/12 - It has just been announced that Biostar team rider, Will Coleman, and Twizzle (owned by Jim Wildasin) have been named to the 2012 US Olympic team for Three Day Eventing!
They will be joined by Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister, Phillip Dutton Eventing and Mystery Whisper, Boyd Martin and Otis Barbotiere and Karen O'Connor and Mr. Medicott.
Here's a statement made by Will today on his Facebook page:
I am honored and privileged to have been named alongside this great group of horses and riders to the 2012 Olympic Eventing Team. While my excitement at this remarkable opportunity is at an all-time high, I am equally saddened for those that remain as alternates, many of whom are good friends and all of whom are wonderful horse people and riders. One could easily make a case for each and every one of them.
With that in mind, I still see this whole process as a journey that is far from complete. Selection is but another step forward, but it is in no way an end goal. I want to bring the absolute best out of my horse and myself in three weeks time, and I will commit to a process that will hopefully do just that. All thanks goes to Jim Wildasin, my owner and friend. Same to my family and parents, who couldn't be more supportive. Equal praise to my groom Sara McKenna, girlfriend Jess Frankfurt, vet Kev Keane, farrier Alan Berardo, and all my other owners, supporters, friends, and sponsors, without whom none of this would be possible. We all share in this together, and I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. And, to Twizzel, give me three more weeks of your wonderful character, and let's leave it all in the ring and galloping lanes of Greenwich Park.