Will Simpson Goes 1-2 in Week II Johnson Horse Transportation Welcome at HITS Coachella

Thermal, CA (January 27, 2017): With the first week of winter competition under their belts, horses and riders returned to sport their skill for the second week of shows in the Resort Capital of the World.  

Wednesday of Desert Ciruit II kicked off with the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation and everyone was hunting for a slice of the prize.

Tiffany Sullivan took home the blue-ribbon win in Week I’s class, but the team to beat this week would be Will Simpson aboard The Dude, owned by Nicole Walker. Not only would Simpson garner the victory, but he would also take home second-place piloting La Mirage 16, owned by Aimwell Equestrian Ventures, LLC.  

Simpson and The Dude stole the victory with a lightning-fast round in a five-horse jump-off in 33.193 seconds. That time bested Simpson’s second-place time of 34.094 with La Mirage 16. 

Mattias Ekeroth rode For Luck, owned by Mattias Keroth, LLC., to the third-place prize. They came in just behind Simpson by a tenth of a second in 34.529.

Fourth place was Michelle Parker and Vancouver 45, owned by Cross Creek Farms, Inc. Rounding out the top five was Lisa Carlsen riding Parette.

Place      Horse  Owner Rider Prize R.1 Faults J.O Faults J.O Time
1 The Dude Nicole Walker William Simpson $1,500  0 0 33.193
2 La Mirage 16 Aimwell Equestrian Ventures, LLC William Simpson $1,000 0 0 34.094
3 For Luck Mattias Ekeroth LLC Mattias Ekeroth $700 0 0 34.529
4 Vancouver 45 Cross Creek Fams, Inc. Michelle Parker $500 0 0 35.103
5 Parette Lisa Carlsen Lisa Carlsen $400 0 4 37.056
6 Cool N' Cavalier Cassie Bakus Allen T. Nabors $325 4 - -
7 Onyx Joelle Froese Joelle Froese $300 4 - -
8 Solos Consept Laura Hite Laura Hite $275 4 - -
9 Doriena Idyllic Imports Michelle Parker - 4 - -
10 Cupilor Cross Creek Farms, Inc. Michelle Parker - 4 - -
11 Danny Le Grey MacElla A. O'Neill MacElla A. O'Neill - 4 - -
12 The Gladiator Haley Farms, LLC Tiffany Sullivan - 4 - -
Will Simpson and The Dude on their way to a $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome win. 
About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the Village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York, Virginia, and a new property coming to Chicago, Illinois in May 2017. 

While hosting the richest weekend in show jumping at HITS-on-the-Hudson, HITS also formed the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. This includes the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal, California, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida and Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5* in Saugerties, New York.

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