Simone Pearce Rides Destano to Australian Record Score to Win Pilisjászfalu World Cup Freestyle 5 Weeks Before Olympics

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Simone Pearce and Destano. File photo. © CDI Achleiten

PILIJÁSZFALU, Hungary, June 19, 2021–Simone Pearce rode Destano won the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday on an Australian record score for a musical performance to give the likely Olympic team partnership all three Big Tour records for her homeland.

Simone and the 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion were awarded 81.385% for only their second Grand Prix Freestyle. The score beat the previous Australian record of 80.145% set by Mary Hanna on Calanta in February last year.

The latest result means the 29-year-old Simone and her top ranked Destano hold all three Aussie records–of 76.261% in the Grand Prix and 77.894% for the Grand Prix Special. It was also the fourth straight win for the partnership in the past six weeks.

Although the Australian team of three riders and horses has not yet been announced, the Germany-based Simone and Destano are one of only four combinations that have been able to earn qualifying scores or have had enough preparation as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic well into its second year. The other three combinations are Mary Hanna on Calanta, Kristy Oatley on Du Soleil and Kelly Layne on Samhitas.

Hungary’s Csaba Szokola on Enying placed second on 72.925% with Katarzyna Milczarek of Poland on Guapo third on 72.145%.

The success here on Destano capped a dominating show for the Australian who earlier Saturday won the CDI4* Grand Prix Special on Double Joy on a score of 70.553%, a day after winning the Grand Prix with a result of 71.826% that met qualification for consideration for the Australian team. In addition to Destano and Double Joy, Simone has also qualified Amandori. Both Destano and Amandori are owned by the German stud Gestüt Sprehe GmbH and Simone while Double Joy is owned by Sabine Rüben.

Russia’s Maria Klementieva on Doctor Wendell MF placed second in the Special on 70.447% with Anikó Losonczy of Hungary on Dior S third on 68.893%.

Results:

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Elisabeth Max-Theurer Peter Holler Monique Peutz-Vegter Yuri Romanov Christof Umbach
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 81.385 AUS Simone Pearce Destano 82.125 79.8 83.15 79.875 81.975
2. 72.925 HUN Csaba Szokola Enying 73.375 74.925 71 70.95 74.375
3. 72.145 POL Katarzyna Milczarek Guapo 70.35 71.425 73.3 73.7 71.95
4. 71.300 LUX Fie Christine Skarsoe Shy Boy 69.55 71.95 70.575 73.7 70.725
5. 69.805 HUN Nikolett Szalai Willy The Hit 67.1 70.775 70.425 70.325 70.4
6. 69.700 POR Filipe Canelas Fortuna 424 66.225 71.075 70.8 72.1 68.3

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Peter Holler Elisabeth Max-Theurer Thomas Lang Freddy Leyman Maria Colliander
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 70.553 AUS Simone Pearce Double Joy 4 69.809 69.809 71.404 71.191 70.553
2. 70.447 RUS Maria Klementieva Doctor Wendell MF 70.638 68.404 71.277 71.702 70.213
3. 68.893 HUN Anikó Losonczy Dior S 70.106 69.468 68.936 67.766 68.191
4. 68.277 NED Dirk-Jan Van de Water Hexagon’s Grandville 69.255 68.404 66.915 70 66.809
5. 67.042 ESP Borja Carrascosa Laponia 4 67.766 64.681 67.021 67.34 68.404
6. 65.766 LUX Fie Christine Skarsoe So Dark 67.66 65.106 64.787 65.213 66.064
7. 65.489 ITA Nausicaa Maroni Embajador SG 66.383 63.723 64.149 65.638 67.553
8. 65.383 GER Yara Reichert Schwarze Perle 65.745 63.723 65.532 67.234 64.681
9. 60.532 AUT Tatjana Svehla Valdez 17 60.213 61.064 60.532 63.617 57.234