Simone Pearce & Destano Set Another Aussie Record Score in Winning Brno CDI3* Grand Prix Special

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Simone Pearce and Destano. File photo. © 2020 Michael Rzepa

BRNO, Czech Republic, Aug. 29, 2020–Simone Pearce and Destano set another Australian record score in winning the CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday.

Simone and the 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion scored 77.894% for the win in the Special, beating her previous high of 74.617% and a day after setting a new Aussie high score for the Grand Prix of 76.261%.

The sweep here of the first two Big Tour victories for the duo smashed the record scores of the Grand Prix and the Special that the Germany-based combination set last month. The result for the Special likely would have qualified the pair for the Grand Prix Freestyle to decide individual medals at the Olympics that were delayed for a year until late July 2021.

The duo were awarded a maximum mark of 10 for the extended walk from Denmark’s Susanne Baarup, the 5* judge at M, as well as a 9.5 and two 9.0s. She was also awarded two scores of 9.0 and three of 8.5 for rider’s position and seat.

“Wow wow what a show,” Simone posted on her Facebook page. “Thank you Destano. I love you to the moon and back! I’m so happy and proud of this amazing horse. I’m so thankful to Gestüt Sprehe and Sabine Rüben for giving me the opportunity to ride this wonderful horse and make my dreams come true. Destano you are a legend–thank you.”

The performances by Simone and Destano has triggered enormous positive response from around the world, as reflected on social media. The rider has built a big fan base in her 10 years based in Europe as well as competing in the United States with Helgstrand Dressage young horses.

Hungary’s Anikó Losonczy on Dior S on 69.340% was second and Libuse Mencke of the Czech Republic on Syrio at 69.064% placed third.

Destano (Desperados FRH x Brentano II), owned by Gestüt Sprehe where the 29-year-old Simone is the trainer and also named on the ownership that would be required to represent Australia at the Olympics in Tokyo next summer.

Saturday’s competition was only the third Special and the sixth start overall since resumption of top sport in late June.

The pair began their international CDI career in mid-March.

The results make Simone and Destano the leading partnership for the Australian team for Tokyo, compared with results from three CDIs in Australia before the coronavirus-triggered break as the Grand Prix Special will decide the Olympic tean result.

The Australian equestrian federation is undergoing a major overhaul and has not yet released new selection procedures for the 2021 Olympics.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: E-Peter Holler (GER) H-Elisabeth Max-Theurer (AUT) C-Thomas Lang (AUT) M-Susanne Baarup (DEN) B-Simona Fialova (CZE)

 

Destano just gave me the most amazing ride to win the Grandprix here at CDIW Brno with 76.26%!!!!!!! It’s our first international win and we have smashed our previous personal best score, but above all of that I had the best feeling yet in the arena- I really can’t believe how much he’s improved in the last 6 month- I’m just simply proud and so so thankful to this amazing horse!!! A big thanks of course to the amazing team making this possible ❤️❤️❤️❤️ owners @gestuet_sprehe @ruebenequestrian my rock @emilyreudavey and of course worlds best trainer Oliver Oelrichs ❤️❤️feeling blessed!!!!!