John Pearce began riding at age 11 on his family farm. After many years in the amateur/owner jumper divisions, Pearce started his Grand Prix career in
1990 and was named to the Canadian equestrian team. He represented Canada
at the World Cup Final in 1992.
He was Canada's top performer, placing 36th individually at the 1998 World
Equestrian Games. He capped off the season by winning the Jump Canada
Series and helping the Canadian team win the Nations' Cup at the Royal
At the trials this summer he earned a berth on his first Olympic team
aboard Vagabond, a 14-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding.
Pearce and his wife, Cathy, operate Forestview Farm in Stouffville,
Ontario, where they train horses and riders for the show ring. He is also
an expert carpenter - he designed and built his own barn and also spends
many hours in his workshop building his own jumps.
Team jumping: Ian Millar, Perth, Ont.; Jay Hayes, Cheltenham, Ont.; John Pearce, Stouffville, Ont., and Jonathan Asselin, Calgary, finished ninth in final.
Individual jumping: Pearce, riding Vagabond, was 62nd in qualifying, eliminated.
Individual show jumping: John Pearce, Stouffville, Ont., was 69th on Vagabond.
Vagabond, Canadian John Pearce's jumping horse
2000 Games Equestrian Coverage