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Like Father, Like Son: John and Bill Pearce

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By: Karen Robinson |

John Pearce placed eighth individually at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and was the Canadian team's second-strongest finisher, helping them achieve a top-five result and a berth in the 2012 Olympics. Throughout a competitive career that has included the Olympics, World Championships, World Cup Finals and countless grand prix wins, John has been inspired to excel by his fellow Canadian show jumpers. “The other top riders all have qualities you can learn from,” he says. “We have team camaraderie, but we also push one another by being competitive among ourselves.” But it was John's parents, Bill and Penny, who have been his greatest source of inspiration. “My mom and dad were my biggest mentors. My father raised me to be the man I am today. My mother was a big part of the decision-making in our family. Nothing got past her.” It was Bill Pearce's self-made, hard-working example that turned…

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