Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata Rise to Top of Class in $10,000 TackNRider Open Stake at ESP Spring V

May 17, 2017 - 2:44 PM
For Immediate Release

Wellington, FL – May 17, 2017 – Nicole Shahinian-Simpson of Wellington, FL, and her mount Akuna Mattata, owned by Silver Raven Farms, took home top honors in the $10,000 TackNRider Open Stake at ESP Spring V, completing the jump-off track in 42.970 seconds. Shahinian-Simpson also claimed the red rosette aboard Anna 213, owned by Eden Valley Stables, finishing the short track in 45.829 seconds. Rounding out the top three finishers was Juan Bolanos of Southwest Ranches, FL, and his own Couscous Van Orti, who stopped the timers in 45.277 seconds. The ESP Summer Series will begin on Friday, June 2, and continue through Sunday, June 4, at Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

The class consisted of 18 entries and was held in the Van Kampen Covered Arena at Equestrian Village at PBIEC with the top three combinations persevering as the only pairs to advance to the jump-off round. Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata bested the class by three seconds to claim the victory.

The $1,500 Equine Couture/Tuff Rider Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw Noa Diener of Indian Creek, FL, and Pippa, owned by Deborah Perkins, ride to victory, as they finished their jump-off time in 43.667 seconds. Sara Williamson Wellington, FL, and La Perla, owned by Ossian Ventures LLC, finished in second place with a time of 44.235 seconds ahead of Mateo Coles of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and V.I.P, owned by Alessia Cabrini, who finished with the fastest time in the class, but dropped a rail to add four faults to their speedy time of 38.539 seconds.

The $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Sara Williamson of Wellington, FL, and Carlo 389, owned by Ossian Ventures LLC, who topped the class with a time of 38.539 seconds. Ana Umana of Wellington, FL, and her own Charly collected second place with a time of 42.145 seconds, while Lia Screnci of Boca Raton, FL, and Vichy, owned by Volado Farms, took third place with a jump-off time of 37.715 seconds with four faults.

Quintino and Janice Cannizzo of Lake Worth, FL, took home championship honors in the Wellington Equestrian Realty Adult Amateur Hunter Division, while Margot Hirsch of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and her own Lookalike took home the division’s reserve champion awards.

Hayley Iannotti of Boca Raton, FL, and Czech Mate, owned by Pumpkin’s Patch Farm, LLC, topped the Gold Coast Feed Performance Hunter 3’3″ & 3’6″ Division, after a weekend of strong performances. Reserve champion honors were awarded to Final Destination, owned and shown by James Lala of Wellington, FL.

Into the Grey, owned by ridden by Isabella Longo of Plantation, FL, took home champion honors in the UHealth Children’s Hunter Division, while Emmanuelle Greenberg of Boca Raton, FL, and Czech Mate, owned by Pumpkin’s Patch Farm LLC, were presented with reserve champion honors.

Lyda Denney of Wellington, FL, and Aries, owned by Treasure Coast Stables, captured top honors in the Pilates Rocks Low Adult Hunter Division, while Karen Walcott of Wellington, FL, and Charm City, owned by KEQ, LLC, were presented with the division’s reserve championship honors.

The USHJA 2’3″ Division saw Joan Ehrhart of Ocala, FL, and Papillion 136, owned by 18 Gauge LLC, were victorious in the division, taking champion honors ahead of Randall Swatek of East Hampton, CT, and Hollywood, who earned reserve champion honors.

The Wanderers Club Children’s Pony Hunter Division saw Hannah Glanzberg of West Palm Beach, FL, and her own Silver Shine take the divisional championship ahead of Hailee Roy of Jupiter, FL, and her own Tickle Me Pink who finished in reserve.

The Low Children’s Hunter Division saw Emily Buda of Jupiter, FL, guided By Design, owned by Gary Duffy, take top honors after their consistent performances throughout the week. Emily Giovino of Davie, FL, and her own Good Egg, rode to reserve.

Click here to view results for the $10,000 TackNRider Open Stake!

Competition at Equestrian Village continues with the ESP Summer Series, which begins on Friday, June 2, which will kick-off the ESP Summer Series. To learn more about PBIEC, please visit

Photo Credit ©PBIEC. These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release.


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