Currently based at Gestüt Bonhomme near Berlin, Olympian Simone Pearce had a busy end to 2022 with a number of World Cup qualifiers aboard her World Championship horse Fiderdance, a 13-year-old stallion by Fidertanz 2.
“I am loving getting the opportunity to ride some of the big World Cup qualifiers with Fidel,” says Simone. “I’m also enthusiastic to have started competing Cadeau Noir internationally.” In December Simone competed the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion, by Christ 3, at CDI3* Peelbergen in Kronenberg, the Netherlands, finishing eleventh on 69.587% in the Grand Prix and seventh in the Special on 70.383% at what was the horse’s first international show. Simone’s last event of the year was the London International Horse Show, where she rode Fiderdance in the World Cup and finished sixth in the CDI-W Short Grand Prix on 72.632% and seventh in the Grand Prix Freestyle with 76.32%.
“I also have some younger horses that are getting some experience over the (northern hemisphere) winter season ahead of the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal (a prestigious German competition for Prix St Georges horses) and the 2023 World Young Horse Championships.”
Simone says she currently trains by herself: “It’s pretty difficult to find top trainers. They are mostly very busy with existing students and usually they can’t travel so much, plus it costs a lot to afford someone at the highest level without sponsors or backing. However, I’m searching for the perfect fit and hopefully the right opportunity will come along!”
Simone’s main goal this year is to simply continue to grow and develop herself and her team of horses in a continuously positive direction, and with that, be able to become more and more successful in the sport, step by step. “Right now, I don’t have ‘the horse’ that I’m aiming for Paris, but now we are also taking horses in training, so you never know what might come along and what doors might open by then. Of course, Paris would be amazing!”
Although having been in Europe for more than 12 years, Simone says she still loves everything about Australia. “I miss living there so much… but for sure the thing I miss the most is my family!”
West Australian-born Olympian Hayley Beresford is based at Eiserner Hof, a beautiful six-hectare property southeast of Stuttgart that she owns with partner Jule Fehl. Together they run a riding, training and coaching business, and currently have 18 horses in work.
“We have been ticking away quietly with quite a few horses in training,” explains Hayley. “Our priority has been building up and developing our stable and business here in Germany the past few years, so top level competition hasn’t been at the forefront for a while. However, now we find ourselves in a position that not all horses must be sold, and I have a few ‘teenagers’ that I’m pretty excited about!