Simone Pearce & Double Joy Win Pilisjászfalu CDI4* Grand Prix to Qualify 3rd Horse for Australia’s Olympic Team

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Simone Pearce and Double Joy.

PILIJÁSZFALU, Hungary, June 18, 2021–Simone Pearce rode Double Joy to victory in the CDI4* Grand Prix for the Special Friday with a score that qualified the rider’s third horse as a contender for a place on Australia’s Olympic team.

Simone and the 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion were awarded 71.826% for the win and the second of two scores of at least 69% required to qualify for consideration for the Aussie team of three for the Tokyo Games beginning in five weeks. The Germany-based Simone, who will celebrate her 30th birthday in a month, earned her first qualifying score of 71.022% on Double Joy last month.

Dirk-Jan van de Water of the Netherlands on Hexagon’s Grandville was second on 69.739% with Russia’s Maria Klementieva on Doctor Wendell MF third on 69.609%.

Simone is already qualified for the Australian team on Destano, 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion which she is scheduled to compete here in the Grand Prix Freestyle division. Simone and Destano set Australian record scores of 76.261% in the Grand Prix and 77.894% in the Special last year.

She also is qualified on Amandori, 10-year-old German Sport Horse stallion. Both Destano and Amandori are owned by Gestüt Sprehe GmbH where Simone is a stable rider and as required by Olympic rules. Double Joy is owned by Sabine Rüben.

On Thursday, Simone rode Quando Unico, a Hanoverian stallion, to win the seven-year-old preliminary class on a score of 80.457%. The win was the second for the pair in two starts, earning 83.732% in their debut young horse competition last month.


CDI4* Grand Prix for Special

Judges: Thomas Lang Christof Umbach Peter Holler Elisabeth Max-Theurer Maria Colliander
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 71.826 AUS Simone Pearce Double Joy 4 72.174 71.087 72.391 71.304 72.174
2. 69.739 NED Dirk-Jan Van de Water Hexagon’S Grandville 69.674 68.043 69.674 70 71.304
3. 69.609 RUS Maria Klementieva Doctor Wendell MF 68.587 68.478 71.957 68.587 70.435
4. 69.022 ESP Borja Carrascosa Laponia 4 68.043 69.674 69.13 68.587 69.674
5. 68.043 HUN Anikó Losonczy Dior S 67.935 69.13 67.935 68.152 67.065
6. 66.848 RUS Maria Klementieva Champagner 67.174 67.174 68.043 65 66.848
7. 66.391 ITA Nausicaa Maroni Embajador SG 63.261 67.283 68.152 65.435 67.826
8. 66.130 LUX Fie Christine Skarsoe So Dark 66.739 66.739 66.848 65.543 64.783
9. 64.348 GER Yara Reichert Schwarze Perle 63.804 64.674 65.543 61.522 66.196
10. 60.696 AUT Tatjana Svehla Valdez 17 61.522 63.261 58.261 60.109 60.326