Simpson wins 4th consecutive Del Mar International Grand Prix CSI-W
Mar Fairgrounds - For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year,
Will Simpson riding El Campeon's Ado Annie owned by El Campeon Farms
won the $35,000 Del Mar International Grand Prix CSI-W, a World
Cup Qualifier, on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
This was the fourth year for the Del Mar International Grand Prix;
which, since its debut, has crowned only one champion: Will Simpson
and El Campeon's Ado Annie.
The $35,000 Del Mar International Grand Prix, CSI-W, was the featured
event of the Del Mar International Horse Show, which ran from Sept
25 - 28. Other major competitions during the horse show included:
the Mary's Tack and Feed $5,000 Double Slalom, won by Guy Thomas
riding Play Boy, owned by Carolyn Putney; and the $5,000 Junior/Amateur
Jumper Classic (Section II) won by Heather Olson riding Kuroso,
owned by Orchard Hill Farm.
Will Simpson riding El Campeon's Ado Annie rode two clean rounds
to win the $35,000 Del Mar International Grand Prix, CSI-W. This
was the fourth consecutive year the team has won the Del Mar International
CSI-W Grand Prix, which may be a record for annual CSI-W wins. (Photo
courtesy of Daniel Lew)
The Del Mar International Grand Prix, CSI-W, featured an enormous
course set by Leopoldo Palacios with an initial time allowed of
:74 seconds, which was expanded to :77 seconds. A total of 26 riders
entered the class with three scratching -- two upon walking the
course and one prior.
The first clean round in the time allowed was posted by defending
champion Will Simpson and Ado Annie, riding 17th in the order of
go. A second clean round was ridden by Helen McNaught on Lexicon
owned by Beverly Hills Equestrian Park of Simi Valley, CA.
Guillermo Obligado, riding for Argentina, rode two separate clear
rounds; but received one time fault on each: Carlson owned by Woodgrove
Farm of Carlsbad, CA; and Lou Lou owned by Charlotte Mashburn of
In the jump-off, the excitement grew as Simpson and Ado Annie went
first and came through with a clean round. McNaught and Lexicon
dropped an early rail, at which time the crowd roared with excitement
knowing Simpson and El Campeon's Ado Annie may have made history
by winning their fourth consecutive Del Mar International Grand
Prix, CSI-W, title. Officials from the United States Equestrian
Team are researching their records to determine if any other team
has won four consecutive annual CSI-W events.
The team not only may have made it into the record books for consecutive
annual wins in the same event, but also took home the $12,000 first
place prize money and the Thomas Endicott Perpetual Memorial Trophy;
which has only been awarded to one pair: Will Simpson and Ado Annie.
"This was a great Grand Prix. It's just incredible that Will's
won it four times, this was a very difficult and demanding course,"
said Dale Harvey, the horse show's coordinator.
McNaught and Lexicon earned $8,000 second place money, while Obligado
tied for third place on both his mounts.
The results from the Del Mar International Grand Prix, CSI-W, are
Place Horse Rider Owner
1. El Campeon's Ado Annie Will Simpson El Campeon Farms
2. Lexicon Helen McNaught Beverly Hills Equestrian Park
3. Carlson Guillermo Obligado Woodgrove Farm
3. Lou Lou Guillermo Obligado Charlotte Mashburn
5. Robinson Richard Spooner Halfmoon Bay Investment Group
5. El Campeon's So Long Nicole Shahinian-Simpson El Campeon Farms
5. Only One Josephina Nor Josephina Nor