June 2021 - Will Simpson and Chacco P Win the $100,000 Riders Cup Grand Prix

by Brooke Goddard • photos: Julia B. Photography

Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson and Chacco P were victorious in the $100,000 Riders Cup Grand Prix at LA Equestrian Center (May 6-9), receiving the Judy Martin Perpetual Trophy. In second place was Cassio Rivetti and Go Eldor, and in third place was Matt Archer aboard Luigi VD Bisschop.
 


 

Simpson was thrilled with his win. “I’ve been working with this horse for three years, and this win is very gratifying. He’s so brave and so athletic that I just try to hang on and remember the course,” he commented. “Hap Hansen is one of my favorite riders and one of my favorite people in the world. To have this ring dedicated to him is a big honor.”
 
Course designer Guilherme Jorge was equally pleased with how the pair navigated his course. “I was very happy,” he said. “I think eight riders in the jump-off makes for a really good jump-off and an exciting first round. Chacco P is 18 hands and has a lot of scope. His turn to the double showed the tremendous scope that the horse has. Will was very efficient in the turns and proved unbeatable.”
 
“Seeing Will Simpson win the first Riders Cup here in Los Angeles was pretty exciting,” commented West Palms CEO Dale Harvey. “It was amazing just to see it all come together. I am really looking forward to hosting Riders Cup in October at LA Equestrian Center. We learned so much from doing this one and we can’t wait to improve even more.”
 
Mark your calendars for the next edition of Riders Cup at LA Equestrian Center (Oct. 21-24, 2021)! Visit www.westpalmsevents.com for more information.

Will Simpson and Chacco P

Will Simpson and Chacco P

Will Simpson and Chacco P

Will Simpson

Leading rider Shawn Casady receives a hay steamer from Haygain

Hap Hansen Arena

Dale Harvey, Hap Hansen, and Marnye Langer

Dale Harvey and Marnye Langer