Articles: Press Release
John Pearce of Canada and Harry Potter Win $75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix At Indio
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Gladstone, New Jersey—January 12, 2002—John Pearce of Canada and Harry
Potter, worked magic besting the four-horse jump off field in the $75,000
Bayer/USET Grand Prix. "This horse is dangerous in a jump-off," said John
Pearce with a grin. "If he makes it to the second round I know he is fast,
he is careful and he tries hard." Like the Harry Potter of literature, the
equine Harry Potter has magic in his genes. He is by Jus de Pomme, winner of
the 1996 Show Jumping Olympic Gold in Atlanta, GA.
During the first week of the HITS Indio Desert Circuit, Pearce was a bit
cautious in the jump-off citing unfamiliarity with the footing. By the third
week he had it wired and pulled all the stops out. "Coming out of the snow
and a small indoor ring, it takes a couple of weeks to work out the kinks,"
continued Pearce. "He jumped wonderfully," said Pearce of Harry Potter, "and
my first phone call will be to my wife and the second will be to Jane
(Clark), the horse's owner." Clark bought the horse from Pearce and
ultimately gave Pearce the ride on the talented chestnut gelding.
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson was second aboard El Campeon's Cirka Z. Although
clean, she was three seconds slower than Pearce with a time of 45.45. Will
Simpson had to settle for third, behind his wife, with El Campeon's Ado
Annie. They accumulated four faults in a time of 42.73.
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call
(908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.