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Series 3

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Simon

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Simon Atherton

Simon has packed a lot into his 13 years – travel, relationships, education, hobbies – the only trouble is it’s all digital. Simon is a computer geek … to him, real life is a very inefficient way to get experience. His parents are research scientists who travel the world attending conferences and have parked him with his aunt and uncle in Willow Creek. Simon’s interpersonal skills are shaky so he spends a lot of time in his room with his next-generation computer.

Afraid that he will grow an electrode out of his head, Roy and Gaye insist that he get out more, join a club. The only local clubs are the footy club and Pine Hollow Riding School. Simon went online and quickly figured out that twenty or so hefty guys going for the same ball was a fraught situation – and the expression ‘injury time’ nagged at him. Riding a horse looked much more straightforward, particularly since the search engine led him to a lot of caper westerns.

He has a good heart and would never knowingly cause harm to anybody. He really likes the girls at Pine Hollow because they treat him like one of them – so he feels less like a geek, and eventually comes to prefer their company to his Nintendo DS. He gets on very well with Desi.

He’s the go-to man for anyone who needs IT assistance at Pine Hollow, and wants to position the Regnery database on the information superhighway – with amusing results.

Connor Jessup ( Plays Simon )

Connor Jessup (age 13) lives in Toronto (ON) Canada. Connor is an avid reader and tries to read a few books a week! He loves every aspect of filmmaking – acting, writing scripts, making films, editing, special effects and watching movies – any type of movies. Favourite school subjects include science, history and he has been a “Global Outreach Leader” at his school.

Connor is also an environmentalist and was thrilled to have had the opportunity to visit the Arctic in 2007. Though he did some riding before the series, Connor says: “I have really enjoyed learning more about horses. I am in the process of trying to convince my family to let me buy one.”

His one wish for the world: “For people to see beyond their own lives and recognise the good and the bad things about the world.”

Favorite Saddle Club horse: Midnight

Simon is a really interesting character. He is one of the only Saddle Club characters that change throughout the series. He starts off in the first ten or so episodes as the computer geek who is scared out of his wits by horses. But, by bonding with Midnight and becoming friends with other members of Pine Hollow, he changes into a more outgoing rider, who has a special connection with his horse. Although, he still manages to keep some of his geekiness in the later episodes.

The Saddle Club™ series stars three heroines, Stevie, Carole and Lisa, who form The Saddle Club™ at the Pine Hollow Stables. Each character has a distinctly different personality but all share an equal love of horses and a strong loyalty to each other.

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