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Another Australian record for Simone Pearce at Achleiten CDI

Simone Pearce and Montevideo 65. © Simone Pearce Dressage

Simone Pearce and Montevideo 65 after winning the Inter I today.

© Simone Pearce Dressage


By Equestrian Life

Simone Pearce has enjoyed further success at Schloss Achleiten CDI4* in Austria, posting another Australian record score - this time in the Grand Prix Special. Simone and Destano scored 74.617% to finish in third place, behind Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD (80.915%) and Victoria Max-Theurer on Abegglen FH NRW (77.596%).

The previous record CDI score for an Australian in the Special was held by Kristy Oatley and Du Soleil. The pair achieved 74.605% on their way to finishing 12th in the world at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon.

On Friday, Simone finished third in the Grand Prix CDI4* aboard Destano; their pair achieved a new record score for an Australian combination in that test as well. They were awarded 74.152%.

Simone rides and trains at Gestüt Sprehe - the stud that owns the famous Desperados. The stud owns Destano, however Simone is listed with the FEI as a part owner, meaning the horse is eligible to compete for Australia at the Tokyo Olympic Games should they qualify and get selected.

Simone also rode a terrific test in the Intermediate I today with Montevideo 65, winning with a score of 75.735%. The pair continued their winning form from yesterday’s Prix St Georges test, where they scored 74.676% and pinned Isabell Werth and Superb 2 into second place.

“Amazing Montevideo does it again, today winning the Inter I with 75.76% here at CDI Achleiten. I love this horse so much! Biggest thanks to his owner, Sabine Rüben, for trusting me with your star,” said Simone via her Facebook page.


In the five-year-old class aboard Diamond First, Simone won Friday’s Preliminary test on 8.44 and Saturday’s Final test on 8.94.

On Saturday, Simone also rode Almandori to third place on 71.235% in the Intermediate II - however it could have been much higher!

“Amandori gave me an absolutely awesome feeling in his international debut today. This morning I rode three tests in the space of two hours and it proved a bit too much for my blonde brain to handle and I went to the wrong letter in the walk program so we directly lost 2%. So we went from first with 73.3% to third with 71.3%… but other than a small miscommunication in the second piaffe, the test was feeling so great and he stayed the most with me he’s ever been! I know there is so much to come for this special guy in the future,” said Simone.

Congratulations to Simone on an amazing show at Schloss Achleiten CDI!

Full results from the show can be found here.




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