Pearce riding fast towards Olympics
SIMONE Pearce has achieved a lot of firsts this year.
She made history in the world of dressage as the first Australian rider to qualify horses in the finals of two world championship divisions.
At the same time she was the first Australian to win a qualifying final and the first rider to score a 10 on two horses at the event.
Hailing from the small town of Bamawm, Pearce started riding at Rochester Pony Club at three-yearsold.
At 11, she began riding at the newly formed Bamawm Extension Pony Club before leaving at the age of 16 to focus on her dressage.
In 2016, she became just the second Australian in history to qualify for a
GOULBURN VALLEY FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Seniors Seymour .............. 4.4, 6.7, 13.13, 19.17 (131) Benalla ................. 4.3, 8.5, 10. 5, 14. 5 ( 89)
GOALS, Seymour: J. Anderson 6, H. Robertson 2, B. Grenfell 2, B. Clifton 2, R. Clarke 2, R. Scopel 2, J. Cole, J. Falcone, J. Murphy, Benalla: J. Bannister 6, L. Thompson 5, B. Webster 2, S. Martyn.
BEST, Seymour: B. Clifton, J. Hockley, J. Anderson, B. Grenfell, J. Cole, M. Waite. Benalla: S. Martyn, J. Martyn, J. Martiniello, C. Morrison, L. Thompson, N. Hill. Kyabram .................. 3.4, 5.6, 12.9, 14.12 (96) Shepparton.............. 1.2, 5.4, 6.6, 10. 8 (68)
GOALS, Kyabram: K. Mueller 7, K. Pettifer 3, L. Ogden 2, B. Mangan, R. Clark. Shepparton: L. Smith 2, J. Lloyd 2, D. Stretton 2, H. Boyd, M. Brett, M. Ryan, R. Hiscock.
BEST, Kyabram: L. Ogden, K. Mueller, S. Sheldon, J. Reeves, L. Barrett, R. Clark. Shepparton: D. Stretton, N. Rokahr, M. Brett, J. Wardle, E. Lindon, L. Smith.
Reserves Shepp United ............ 3.2, 6.6, 10.7, 12.9 (81) Rochester .................. 5.3, 7.4, 8.4, 9.4 (58)
GOALS, Shepp United: R. Middleton 3, R. Wenske 2, S. Gillespie, J. Turner, A. Fichera, M. Thomas, A. Fiore, S. Buxton, J. Limosani, Rochester: J. Moran 5, J. Vredenburg, S. final after finishing 11th with Fine Time in the five-year-old championship.
This year, at age 26, she made the world six-year-old championship final having placed first in the qualifying round on August 4 riding Feodoro.
The 2017 European World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses was held in Ermelo, Netherlands, and had 43 starting combinations representing 20 countries in the preliminary competition.
Feodoro’s score of 9.02 points, including 10 for the walk — the only maximum mark for the entire six-yearold preliminary competition — was also the best young horse result achieved by an Australian rider in the event’s history. Frawley, E. Taylor, T. Bubb.
BEST, Sheppn United: B. Pedretti, R. Middleton, S. Nash, T. McCluskey, R. Scott, J. Turner. Rochester: B. McMahon, J. Moran, R. Byrne, J. Vredenburg, R. Eeles, M. Haitsma. Euroa........................ 3.2, 4.5, 7. 8, 10.12 (72) Shepparton .............. 2.5, 4.7, 7.12, 8.14 (62)
GOALS, Euroa: B. Cunningham 3, J. Tremellen 2, J. McKernan, J. Smith, C. Bamford, S. Patten, R. Wilson, Shepparton: M. Heggart 3, A. Egan 2, R. Lau, N. Keating, L. Minogue.
BEST, Euroa: J. Smith, N. Johnson, C. Bamford, C. Hoare, B. Cunningham, N. Brodie. Shepparton: L. Minogue, T. Simkin, D. Wayman, J. Thomson, A. Philipps, N. Berry.
Under-18 Shepparton .............. 4.3, 8.6, 10.7, 13.11 (89) Tatura ....................... 1.1, 2.4, 2.5, 4. 8 (32)
GOALS, Shepparton: B. Fraser 4, J. Larkin 3, J. Wilson 2, A. Poppa, J. Nation, J. Trewin, J. McGregor 1. Tatura: C. Hill, C. Minutoli, Z. Samkakai, T. Castle.
BEST, Shepparton: J. Larkin, T. Bell, S. Small, H. Ingham, L. Ash, B. Fraser. Tatura: A. Moor, M. Richards, M. Farley, J. Armstrong, C. Minutoli, C. Eyles. Shepp United............. 2.1, 4.7, 7.7, 10.12 (72) Kyabram..................... 1.4, 5.5, 7.6, 8.10 (58)
GOALS, Shepp United: J. Norman 3, E. Adams 2, J. Kezerle, J. Chalcraft, J. Serra, K. Orchard, A. Britten, Kyabram: W. McDonell 3, C. McCarthy 2, M. Genio 2, K. Fitzgerald.
BEST, Shepp United: J. Norman, J. Caia, M.
Prior to which she rode Casablanca to fourth place in the five-year-old qualifying round.
The top 12 from each qualifier go through to the finals which were held on August 6.
Pearce finished fourth overall in the five-year-old championship with a score of 90.0 and seventh in the sixyear-old championship (86.4).
She was ranked 315th in the FEI world individual dressage ranking following her most recent results. . Both Pearce’s parents had competed at a national level and her mother Robyn had been coaching riders in the area for several years.
She said Pearce had been riding horses since the moment she hit the McGrath, L. Fairless, S. McInneny, A. Britten. Kyabram: M. Hedges, C. Ryan, N. Darling, W. McDonell, B. McLay, M. Price. Sunday Seniors Rochester ................ 3.5, 6.8, 7.10, 13.14 (92) Euroa.............................. 3.2, 5.4, 5.6, 7.8 (50)
GOALS, Rochester: not available. Euroa: N. Gilliland 2, M. Ivill, B. Gleeson, J. Hayes, R. Bail, J. Gleeson.
BEST, Rochester: not available. Euroa: M. Ivill, W. McFarlane, M. Varley, A. Tarrant, N. Gilliland, R. Bail.
Reserves Kyabram......................... 3.3, 5.3, 6.3, 7.5 (47) Mansfield ....................... 1.0, 2.1, 4.2, 4.4 (28)
GOALS, Kyabram: P. Newman 3, J. Pell, T. Curnow, K. Halliwell, J. Wild, Mansfield: T. Gibbs 2, J. Rekers, P. Marks.
BEST, Kyabram: T. Curnow, L. Dillon, M. Pryde, Z. Norris, S. Vick, A. Lovison. Mansfield: G. Taylor, P. Marks, J. Rekers, M. Martin, M. Storer, J. Mahoney.
Under-18 Rochester ...................... 2.3, 5.5, 6.6, 8.7 (55) Benalla ........................... 0.2, 2.4, 6.6, 6.8 (44)
GOALS, Rochester: J. Flight 3, B. Wileman, A. Henderson, N. Vredenburg, R. Oogjes, C. Ward 1. Benalla: J. Dunne 4, P. Warner 2.
BEST, Rochester: C. Ward, M. Kellett, J. Atley, D. Oaff, H. McPhee, R. Coghill. Benalla: P. Warner, R. Johnson, J. Dunne, M. O’Brien, P. Knox, B. Uebergang. ground and learnt how to ride mostly from watching and imitating.
She represented Lockington Primary School at the interschool championships for horse riding in the earliest stages of her schooling and won overall. THE ROCHESTER Tigers Cricket Club is gearing up for a big summer of cricket with its junior training starting next week.
Training will start at 4pm on Tuesday, September 12, at Windridge Oval.
HEATHCOTE AND DISTRICT FL
Seniors Nth Bendigo .......... 3.3, 7.11, 9.12, 12.16 (88) Huntly..................... 4.1, 5. 1, 7. 3, 8. 4 (52)
GOALS, Nth Bendigo: A. Craig 2, S. Morris 2, S. Barnes 2, T. Metherell, J. Findlay, A. Shipard, N. Waterson, R. Ford, R. Alford. Huntly: R. Semmel 2, A. Holland, J. Cowling, R. Sutton, H. Whittle, J. Greenwood, C. Gleeson.
BEST, Nth Bendigo: N. Waterson, D. Morris, S. Demeo, J. McKay, J. Findlay, A. Shipard. Huntly: J. Daley, S. Kairn, T. Davison, R. Culvenor, J. Cordy, M. Jeffries.
Reserves Nth Bendigo ................ 1.4, 5.6, 6.9, 9.13 (67) Colbinabbin ................. 2.0, 5.0, 6.4, 7. 6 (48)
GOALS, Nth Bendigo: M. Rorke 3, P. Prime 2,
She went on to compete again for Rochester High School before moving to St Joseph’s College Echuca in year nine.
At seven-years-old she decided she would ride on the biggest world stage one day having said riding at the interschool championships was ‘‘like riding at the Olympics, only for kids’’.
She has moved all over Europe to reach her goals, leaving behind close friends and her job each time.
But it was worth it as she launched on to the senior world dressage scene to now ride a Grand Prix level dressage horse to eventually compete at the Olympics against the best riders in the world.
All players from under 12s, 14s and 16s are encouraged to come along for trainings.
Senior trainings on Tuesday and Thursday nights also start this week starting from 5pm tonight (September 5). A. Knight, T. Devereaux, J. Robertson, S. Giri. Colbinabbin: W. Hayes 3, B. Kerlin 2, R. Stewart, P. Morgan.
BEST, Nth Bendigo: S. Giri, T. Devereaux, B. Leferve, B. Wingrave, M. Thomas, P. Prime. Colbibabbin: G. Mc Murtrie, A. Van Ruiswyk, D. O’Brien, C. Guinane, I. Fuller, L. Vale.
Under-17 L-Gunbower............... 0.1, 2.4, 3. 4, 6. 9 (45) Nth Bendigo .............. 0.4, 0.6, 2.10, 4.11 (35)
GOALS, Leitchville-Gunbower: M. McEwen 2, L. Keath, J. Brereton, L. Hogan, B. Hawken. Nth Bendigo: J. Bourke, C. Etheredge, T. Gahan, K. Hodson.
BEST, Leitchville-Gunbower: L. Sieben, P. Baxter, B. Cooke, B. Gelletly, J. Hawken, M. McEwen. Nth Bendigo: M. Lunney, T. Gahan, M. Thalasinos, M. Wingrave, T. Hawker, B. Hodgskiss.
Simone Pearce on Feodoro.