Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata (Photo © The Book LLC)
The Dixon Oval welcomed its first international show jumping competition at the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Tuesday evening with the $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI4*, sponsored 5R Farms LLC – Helen Rich. After making their Devon debut in 2018 with multiple top placings, the United States’ Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Silver Raven Farms’ Akuna Mattata returned to Devon, Pennsylvania, all the way from California, to take home their first win together and the Sylvester L. Quigley Memorial Challenge Trophy at the iconic venue, besting 25 other horses and athletes.
Seven combinations returned to compete over Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge’s shortened track. Of the seven, only two were able to produce double-clear efforts.
The early double-clear pathfinder was 25-year-old Catherine Tyree (USA) and Mary Tyree’s Bokai as second in the jump-off order-of-go. The pair successfully completed all of the obstacles and stopped the clock in 38.16 seconds to move to the top spot on the leaderboard.
Shahinian-Simpson, who has been competing at the Devon Horse Show since 1985 and had great success in the Dixon Oval as a junior, was fifth to tackle the jump-off with the fiery 11-year-old Holsteiner mare. They expertly navigated the short course with ease and crossed the finish line just one second faster in 37.74 seconds, which ultimately secured them the win as the remaining two competitors incurred faults. As a result, Tyree settled for second place, while Lillie Keenan (USA) and Chansonette Farm LLC’s Fasther rounded out the top three as the fastest of the 4-faulters in 36.34 seconds.
In 2018, the pair finished fourth in the $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI4* and later claimed runner-up honors in the $70,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake CSI4*. This year, they are already off to a strong start in the popular Open Jumper division and look to continue their streak throughout the rest of the week.
$50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI4*, sponsored 5R Farms LLC – Helen Rich:
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Akuna Mattata / Nicole Shahinian-Simpson / USA / Silver Raven Farms / 0 / 0 / 37.74
2. Bokai / Catherine Tyree / USA / Mary Tyree / 0 / 0 / 38.16
3. Fasther / Lillie Keenan / USA / Chansonette Farm LLC / 0 / 4 / 36.34
4. Chippendale’s Boy DZ / Sloane Coles / USA / The Springledge Group / 0 / 4 / 37.79
5. Azilis Du Mesnil / Sydney Shulman / ISR / Jill Shulman / 0 / 8 / 41.74
6. Breitling LS / Beezie Madden / USA / Abigail Wexner / 0 / 8 / 43.60
7. Dsarie / Beat Mändli / SUI / Grant Road Partners GmbH / 0 / 10 / 50.39
8. Pembroke / Adrienne Sternlicht / USA / Starlight Farms 1 LLC / 1 / 70.23
9. Quality FZ / Rodrigo Pessoa / BRA / Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC / 1 / 70.39
10. Casall / Ali Wolff / USA / Blacklick Bend Farm / 4 / 66.42
11. Chandon Blue / Laura Chapot / USA / Mary Chapot / 4 / 66.97
12. Chance STE Hermelle / Michael Morrissey / USA / QBS Equestrian LLC / 4 / 69.61
Press release from Phelps Sports