About Us

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson – Owner/Trainer

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson is one of the only 11 riders to win both the ASPCA Maclay National Championship and the AHSA/Medal Championship, two of the United States’ most prestigious titles for junior riders.

She was given the nickname “Catch Riding Kid” as a junior for her ability to compete on horses she had never ridden and win. Nicole became famous for retiring every best child rider trophy at all the major horse shows in the US.

She made her Grand Prix debut on the 1993 Florida Circuit qualifying of the American Invitational making history again as the youngest rider to ever compete, once again riding a horse she never competed on before.

As an extraordinary double-award winner, Simpson has continued to climb the ranks of equestrian competitors. Following a successful career as a junior rider in the East, she moved to the West Coast where she continued to place well in major Grand Prix events. She rode in the World Cup Final for the first time in 1997.

Nicki has competed in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Europe with major wins and placings, culminating in 27 career Grand-Prix victories thus far.

Other Career Highlights and International Record

  • Short List for the 2008 Olympic team
  • Winner of 2010 WEG Trials
  • Member of the winning Nation’s Cup Team in Rotterdam
  • 7 World Cup Finals, including highest placed US Rider in Gottenberg, Sweden
  • North American Leading Rider Award at Spruce Meadows

Member of the US Team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, Jerez, Spain

Mary Rivas – Owner/Trainer

  • Mary has been qualifying junior riders for ASPCA Maclay and the USEF Medal Hunt seat Medal Finals since 1997
  • Junior Hunter and Pony Hunter Champions at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL and The Hampton Classic
  • Trained and qualified ponies and young riders for USEF Pony finals since 1999
  • Received the Zone II High Score Trainers award at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in 1999 with Gray Horse Farms ,Large Pony Brighton’s Sketch

Mary continues to enjoy achievements in all of the above while also coaching several Adult Amateur Owners who have trained with her for over a decade

  • 12 years of Grand Prix competition with Placings at Winter Equestrian Festival
  • 2005 European Show Jumping Tour under Olympic Medalist Peter Leone
  • 2nd place in the $30,000 Grand Prix of Princeton on Horse Swiss Air
  • 6th Place in the $30,000 Grand Prix at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club on Horse Swiss Air


Angel Károlyi – Owner/Trainer
Professional Equestrian Show Jumper

Age 29
Riding since he was five; competing since he was eight
Globally‐ranked by the International Equestrian Federation

Member of the Venezuelan team
Competes annually on the North American circuit:
Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington Florida
Rolex Cup in Lexington Kentucky
Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton New York
Washington International Horse Show in DC
Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary, Canada

2015 Accomplishments
1st, $34,000 1.45m Classic, CSI3* Tryon August I, NC
1st, $34,000 1.45m Suncast Welcome, CSI3* Tryon Summer II, NC
1st, $7,500 1.35m Welcome Stake, Aiken Spring Masters, SC
1st, $5,000 Pasmore Stables Power & Speed, CSI2*‐W Live Oak, Ocala, FL
1st, $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, HITS Ocala IX, CA
1st, $10,000 1.45m Friday Prix, HITS Ocala IX, CA
1st, $50,000 Purina Grand Prix, HITS Ocala VIII, CA

2014 Accomplishments
Participated in the World Equestrian Games in Caen Normandy in Aug‐Sept 2014
Participated in the Furusiyya Nations Cup in San Marino‐Arezzo Italy (Sep 17‐21 2014)
Participated in the Furusiyya Nations Cup (Final) in Barcelona Spain (Oct 9‐12 2014)
Won Individual Silver and Team Bronze at the 22nd Central American and Caribbean
Games in Veracruz Mexico (Nov 14‐30 2014)

2013 Accomplishments

Career track record
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