Wayne, Il. - The $50,000 Grand Prix at the Lamplight Equestrian Center saw 27 horse-and-rider combinations tackle Leopoldo Palacias' technical course on Saturday. Only eight pairs managed to complete clean rounds to advance to the jump-off, and only one pair completed a double-clear round to bring home the win - Bryn Sadler and Bon Giorno.
Sadler and Bon Giorno, owned by Showcase 81 LLC, went early on in the jump-off after seeing three pairs suffer faults from knocking rails. Sadler had one goal in mind - ride a more conservative jump-off to finish double-clear. Sadler was successful, setting the pace to beat for the class at 39.073 seconds.
Competitors who followed Sadler managed to complete faster rounds, but couldn't keep the rails up to take the lead. Charlie Jayne, Thursday's $25,000 Welcome Grand Prix winner, entered the ring aboard Alex Jayne's Tou La Moon to attempt a clear round, but knocked a rail towards the end of the jump-off. Todd Minikus and Giavanna Rinaldi followed, but Sadler maintained the lead as the only double-clear for the class.
Rinaldi and Always Me, owned by Carben Farms LLC, took home second place, finishing the jump-off with 4 faults in 35.784 seconds. Jayne and Tou La Moon rounded out the top three, receiving 4 faults and a jump-off time of 36.436 seconds.
Jumper competition at Equifest II closes out on Sunday, Aug. 6, with the $20,000 Jumper Derby set to begin at 3 p.m. in the SmartPak Grand Prix Arena.
$50,000 Grand Prix
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / Time / R2 Faults / Time
1. Bon Giorno / Bryn Sadler / Showcase 81 LLC. / 0 / 75.308 / 39.073
2. Always Me / Giavanna Rinaldi / Carben Farms LLC. / 0 / 69.541 / 4 / 35.784
3. Tou La Moon / Charlie Jayne / Alex Jane / 0 / 70.206 / 4 / 36.436
4. Juju VDM / Todd Minikus / Todd Minikus LTD. / 0 / 71.792 / 4 / 36.504
5. Quite Dark 2 / Haley Gassel / Westwind Equine Training Center / 0 / 76.962 / 4 / 37.286
6. Auckland De L'Enclos / Ashley Fleischhacker / Ashland Show Stables LLC / 0 / 75.930 / 4 / 43.110
7. Bugatti VDL / Charlie Jayne / Bellissimo LLC. / 0 / 71.440 / 8 / 37.251
8. Alonso Du Monselet / Richard Cheska / Richard Cheska / 0 / 75.730 / 8 / 40.426
9. Happyboy Van De Doornakkers / Jordan Gilchrist / Jordan Gilchrist / 1 / 77.128 /
10. Emir D / Shannon Hicks / Helen Gilbert / 4 / 69.240
11. Ever Blue / Charlie Jayne / Alex Jayne / 4 / 71.876
12. Winchester / Emma Sargent / Emma Sargent / 4 / 72.153