Australia’s Simone Pearce Debuts Montevideo for St. Georges Victory at Mariakalnok, First CDI Since Coronavirus Lockdown in Mid-March
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MARIAKALNOK, Hungary, June 25, 2020–Australia’s Simone Pearce made the international debut of Montevideo to win the Prix St. Georges Thursday, the first CDI since coronavirus halted competitions around the world 3 1/2 months ago.
Simone, based in Germany, and the eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Millenium scored 71.569% for the victory in the Central European World Cup event.
Germany’s Claudia Rassmann and Cafe’s Casimir were second on 68.431%.
Former world No. 1 rider Ulla Salzgeber, returning to the international show arena for the first time since 2017, placed third on Liberté, an eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding, at 68.382%.
Rose Oatley, the 13-year-old daughter of Australia’s four-time Olympian Kristy Oatley, captured the CDI Pony team on Daddy Moon with a personal best score of 77.114%.
Rose, who rides for Germany, and the 10-year-old Rhinelander gelding, are the world No. 1 pony combination. The pair are preparing for the European Pony Championships in Budapest in August and were competing for the first time this year.
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