States Equestrian Team Announces West Coast League Riders
For Show Jumping World Cup Final
NJMarch 11, 2003The United States Equestrian Team
(USET) has announced that Richard Spooner of Burbank, CA; Nicole
and Will Simpson of Westlake Village, CA; and John French of Menlo
Park, CA have qualified to compete in Budweiser World Cup 2003,
the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final, April 16-20, 2003 in Las
Vegas, NV. The four riders earned the right to ride in the Final
after finishing as the top four riders in the U.S.A. West Coast
at the top of the standings were Richard Spooner and Nicole Shahinian-Simpson
who tied for first place with 72 points. For Spooner, this marks
his fifth trip to the World Cup Final in six years. He tied for
fourth place in the Final in 1998.
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Will Simpson will be the first husband-and-wife
team ever to ride together in a World Cup Final. In 2001, Shahinian-Simpson
was one of ten riders representing the United States in the Show
Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden where she tied for
9th place. In 2002, she helped the U.S. team place 6th in the
Show Jumping World Championship at the World Equestrian Games
in Jerez, Spain. This will be her fourth World Cup Final appearance.
2002, Will Simpson won the U.S.A. West Coast League with a near
perfect score of 91 points. West Coast riders were able to count
their five best scores with a maximum potential of 100 points.
Simpsons score of 91 was the highest ever achieved in the
U.S. West Coast League. This year, he ranked third in the West
Coast League with 68 points to earn his third trip to the Final.
fourth in the League was John French who earned his first berth
in the Final with 63 points.
addition to these four riders, the U.S. will be represented by
eight riders who will qualify from the East Coast League, plus
Robert Chelberg, an American living in Prague who qualified from
the Central European League, and Peter Wylde, the 2002 World Equestrian
Games individual Bronze Medalist who received a special Wild Card
invitation from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization
that selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest
possible standard to represent our country in major international
competition, including the Olympic Games and the World Championships.
To accomplish this, the USET seeks out and nurtures the development
of talented athletes - riders, drivers and horses - and provides
the support and guidance they need to help them attain their fullest
potential. For more information on the USET, please call (908)
234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org