Dragon Dancer – Second in the 2006 Epsom Derby Stakes

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.

Mr Pearce and HRH the Queen On winning the Ascot Gold Cup 1994

Mr Pearce and HM the Queen
On winning the Ascot Gold Cup 1994

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).

Please see the attached obituaries for further information about his life.

The John Pearce Foundation is a registered UK charity (number 1181348). Established in 2018, the foundation’s initial focus is on funding charities that support current and former participants in horseracing and thoroughbred breeding that are in need.

It also offers grants to equine welfare charities, including entities that concentrate on the care of retired or ill-treated horses.

Arcadian Heights

Arcadian Heights

1994 Ascot Gold Cup

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.

Asian Heights

2003 Ormonde Stakes

The Pearce Memorial CupThe Hong Kong Jockey Club

The Pearce Memorial Cup
The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Contact details

If you require further information about the John Pearce Foundation, please email JPFoundation@johnpearce.org. Please note that, due to administrative resource, unsolicited applications will not be acknowledged. For enquiries about John Pearce Racing, please email JPRacing@johnpearce.org.

Although both entities were established by the estate of Mr Pearce, please note that the Foundation and the Racing company are separate entities and receive independent funding.

Racing Colours
John Pearce Racing