Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson Returns to Middleburg for Annual Rutledge Farm Session

Middleburg, Va. – July 20, 2018 – Rutledge Farm is pleased to announce the return of Will Simpson for its upcoming Rutledge Farm Session on August 7-8. Simpson kicked off the farm’s clinic series with the inaugural Rutledge Farm Session in August of 2017, and is looking forward to returning to Middleburg, Virginia for this year’s two-day session.

Simpson and Aleco Bravo-Greenberg, owner of Rutledge Farm, met when Bravo-Greenberg was just 16, and the two have forged a lifelong friendship. Simpson said, “Aleco rode with me when he was in his youth and we’ve been friends ever since. It’s just a long term friendship that has blossomed into a really nice opportunity right there at Rutledge Farm. It’s been a lot of fun for me. The clinic last year was very nice, the footing and the people were very nice and they were interested in learning. It was one of my favorite clinics I’ve ever done. Aleco is an amazing host and the farm is incredible to work out of so it was a real pleasure and I can’t wait to do it again!”

Simpson’s career took off in 1985 when he set the outdoor high-jump record of 7 feet, 9 inches on Jolly Good in Cincinnati. In 2002, he won the West Coast League with a score of 91, the third highest total in the league’s history. Simpson is most known for his contribution to the United States Show Jumping team, earning a gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He has represented the United States in five different World Cup finals and has won over 75 Grand Prix events throughout his career.

Will Simpson at last year’s Rutledge Farm Session. Photo: Anna Purdy

This August, participants and auditors can look forward to two days of instruction with Simpson, with day one focusing on gymnastics exercises and day two focusing on course analysis and execution. The session offers slots for three height groups – 3’6’’, 3’0’’, and 2’6’’, with only a few spots remaining for each. A Q&A session will be held with Simpson at the conclusion of the session where riders and auditors will have the opportunity to ask Simpson about his experiences and training techniques.

Simpson said, “I like to tackle all kinds of problems – horse problems, people problems, whatever it is. It’s really satisfying when we make an improvement and really unlock something that’s going on, that’s always fun. It’s great to work with nice horses and good riders, so whatever comes up is refreshing and fun and a great opportunity for me to learn and for others to learn and get together and make some good out of it.”

Rutledge Farm Sessions brings exclusive educational opportunities to riders and professionals in Middleburg, Virginia. Drawing from a pool of Olympic-level clinicians, Rutledge Farm offers monthly sessions for riders at all levels and disciplines. For more information on how to attend or audit Will Simpson’s upcoming Rutledge Farm Session, visit https://www.rutledgefarm.com