Aussie Simone Pearce Leaving Helgstrand Dressage After 3 “Amazing” Years to Develop Own Training Business in Germany

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Simone Pearce of Australia on Feodoro (Furstenball x Rosario) after placing first in qualifying for the World Six-Year-Old Championship. © 2017 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Aug. 21, 2018

Simone Pearce, an Australian who achieved success at the World Young Horse Championships and competing on both sides of the Atlantic, is leaving Helgstrand Dressage in Denmark after three years to return to Germany to develop her own training business.

Simone, 27 years old, decribed as “amazing” three years with Helgstrand Dressage in Denmark that included being on the team that launched a training and sales operation in Wellington, Florida this year. In 2017 on Helgstrand horses, Simone was the first Australian to qualify in both the world five and six-year-old finals, a year after becoming only the second Australian to ever qualify for a final when she made it with Fine Time that placed 11th in the five-year-old championship.

“After three amazing years at Helgstrand Dressage the time has come to say goodbye to Denmark and the wonderful group of people I’ve had the pleasure of working with here and welcome some very exciting new opportunities as I move back to Germany to start a more independent career with some very amazing partners,” she said in a statement to dressage-news.com.

“I can’t thank Andreas and the team enough for the amazing opportunities I’ve had in the last three years: five world championship finals and even a win and two marks of 10, nine horses in the final of the Danish young horse championships with six marks of 10, my first international senior Grand Prix and my first over 70 per cent score and many stallion shows on horses which simply blow my mind!

“… And so so many huge developments in my training and understanding of how to develop a horse through the levels… Without you all of this would never have been been possible!

“But my growth in the years here has not only been professional but also personal, being surrounded by some of the best riders in the world and seeing their humble and generous nature has given me a greater appreciation for the importance of sportsmanship and a grounded way of life, and that’s something I intend to continue to strongly value for my future career.

“Now with my wonderful experience from Helgstrand I want to develop my own boutique brand of dressage training, combining my equestrian-loving Australian horsemanship background with the flair and elegance of international showmanship.”

Simone is moving to northern Germany where with a group of partners, primarily Auxstralians, she said, “I hope to create a place where horses can be trained and competed to the absolute fullest of their potential but in the most happy and horse-loving way possible.

“I’m really looking forward to the exciting team of horses that awaits me in Germany and the absolutely wonderful group of people who are joining me on this journey.”