Nicole Shahinian-Simpson flew at the $50,000 AIG Grand Prix.

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson of the United States obtained a fast jump-off round to take the victory and surpass Shawn Casady and Argentine Alexis Trosch. (Photo © Archive)


American rider Nicole Shahinian-Simpson took the win at the $50,000 AIG Grand Prix for the conclusion of CSI2* Crete.

As part of the HITS Chicago Series, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson led the class with a fasted jump-off on course designed by Mexican Manuel Esparza and eight classified of 20 pair that started the competition.

Assuring 50 World Ranking Points, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson scored the first FEI victory of her career, where her best result had been to join Team USA at the 2010 Rotterdam Nations Cup.

Making good turns and shortening the lines in her jump-off round, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson stopped the clock in 38.75 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Akuna Mattata (Quinar x Landwind II), to put final numbers to the class, being unattainable for American Shawn Casady and his 15-year-old gelding Valinski S (Nijinsky x Julius) to finished in 38.99 seconds.

For Latino Ranking the Argentine rider Alexis Trosch made the third and final double clear round of the Grand Prix, thus securing 40 FEI Ranking Points with his third place accompanied by the 9-year-old mare Cantara Z (Cadence van’t Gelutt ) and recording a time of 45.41 seconds.

Top five finishers were fourth-placed Irish rider Paul O’Shea with 10-year-old gelding Terceira (Quaprice Boimargot Quincy*Quap x Grandeur) on a 4 fouls and 39.23 seconds as US rider Hunter Holloway finished fifth with the 11-year-old gelding VDL Bravo S (Ephere for Ever x Chellano Z) also demolishing a pole in 40.19 seconds.

The best time of the jump-off was for American rider Todd Minikus with the 14-year-old mare Quality Girl (Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock) in 37.08 seconds, but downed two fences to total 8 fouls in seventh place.

Also for the Latinos included in the World Ranking Points the Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade, occupying ninth place with the 10-year-old gelding Boy IV (Sandro Boy x Lansing) in  a 4 fouls regular round in 72.39 seconds and the Argentine rider Gustavo Prato along with the 12-year-old mare Carna Z (Crown Z x Grannus) finished in 12th place with 4 fouls and 73.46 seconds.