Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata Seize $134k CabanaCoast Grand Prix CSI 3* at WEF

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 15, 2019 – The highlight jumper class of week 6 at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival, the $134,000 CabanaCoast Grand Prix CSI 3*, was held at Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Friday, February 15. Taking the top spot of the night was Nicole Shahinian-Simpson (USA) and Akuna Mattata, owned by Silver Raven Farms.

Competing in the Global International Arena at Equestrian Village, 44 entries competed in the first round over a course set by Ana Catalina “Catsy” Cruz Harris of Mexico. With five retirements in the first 11 trips, a clear round was looking difficult to tackle, but riding out of the 21stspot in the order, Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata made the crowd cheer as the first clear round of the night.

Junior and Amateur Hunter Competitors Take Over the International Arena during WCHR Hunter Week

Competition in the International Arena on Friday featured top junior and amateur hunter riders contesting to make a name for themselves during the season’s biggest week for hunters.

The Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 & Under division was held in a California split format as 33 horse-and-rider combinations tested the final track for the division. The section A championship went to Ella Bikoff and Cabrio, while Hannah Hoch and Clear Sailing were named the section B champions.

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