Australia’s Simone Pearce Debuts Montevideo for St. Georges Victory at Mariakalnok, First CDI Since Coronavirus Lockdown in Mid-March

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Simone Pearce of Australia. File photo © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

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.

Results (click on class):

CDI3* Prix St. Georges

CDI Pony Team Competition