November 18, 2013–Frances Land of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Vieanne, bested 22 horse and rider combinations when they turned in a double clean round Saturday night to claim the victory in the $45,000 EMO Grand Prix.
Only five went clean in the class and qualified for the jump off.? Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, New Mexico riding Bon Giorno, owned by Showcase 81, LLC was the first to go clean in the class, beating the set time of 92 seconds with her own 87.398 seconds.? As the first to go in the jump-off, the pair had a rail at the second fence and with four faults and a time of 46.601 seconds, finished in fourth overall.
Sarah Segal of Flemington, New Jersey in the irons aboard Ubris, owned by Chartwell, had a clean, first round effort in a time of 88.513 seconds and was the next to join the jump off.? After posting another clean round in a time of 42.655 seconds, the pair set the time to beat.? But the lead was short-lived after Paulo Santana of Wellington, Florida and Santana Stables, LLC’s Atanja edged Segal out with a clean round in a time of 41.477 seconds.? Segal and Ubris would finish in third, while Santana and Atanja would finish in second place.
Timothy Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama riding KT Cher owned by Claudia Styslinger, was the next to go after posting a clean first round effort in 86.419 seconds.? But, after a rail down at the second to last fence and a time of 46.642 seconds, Maddrix and KT Cher would settle for fifth overall.
Land and Vieanne were in the enviable last to go position and their clean second round in a time of 41.370 seconds would beat Santana’s time by a little more than a second, rocketing Land and her Vieanne to the winner’s circle.
Internationally known Olympic course designer Steve Stephens of
Palmetto, Florida designed the Open Jumper Welcome Class as well as the $45,000 EMO Grand Prix.