Born just after World War 1, Mr Pearce was schooled in England before returning to join his family business in Hong Kong, Hutchison International. A talented businessman and investor, Mr Pearce used his success to pursue a passion for thoroughbreds. Although he never achieved his lifelong ambition, to breed and race a Derby winner, Mr Pearce had a fruitful partnership with the trainer, Geoff Wragg. Together they won the Ascot Gold Cup with Arcadian Heights (1994), before coming a close second in the Derby with Dragon Dancer (2006).
Established to support his favoured charities and to continue his successful thoroughbred breeding and racing operation, the Foundation and Racing Company represent the legacy of Mr John Pearce.
The John Pearce Foundation is a registered UK charity (number 1181348). Established in 2018, the Foundation’s current focus is on the support of:
- current and former participants in horseracing and thoroughbred breeding who are in need, whether equine or human; and
- organisations providing palliative care services.
John Pearce Racing continues the equine interests of Mr Pearce, racing in his elegant blue and white silks. The company aims to breed and race staying types that can win Group races both in the UK and overseas.
With broodmares boarding at Lanwades Stud, John Pearce Racing has horses-in-training with Sir Mark Prescott and Ed Walker.
As of 2020, John Pearce Racing has sponsored the prestigious Gordon Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival (also known as 'Glorious Goodwood'). Mr Pearce was a huge fan of the Festival and the race complements his middle distance breeding ambitions.