Scott Brash, the new season starts from here…
Aged just 29 years, the British rider is already a legend in show jumping
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Based from his yard in West Sussex, in the south of England, Scott Brash, aged just 29 years (the date of his birth is November 23th 1985), is the leader of Longines Ranking with 3.000 points. He is leading the ranking since 2013, the year that has seen Scott go from success to success: he was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), in the European championships in Herning he was part of Great Britain’s Gold Medal victory and at the same time achieved an individual Bronze medal. And more, at the Global Champions Tour in Doha, Scott sealed victory in the Grand Prix and so won the overall title. He repeated the victory of Global Champions Tour Final also in 2014, the youngest rider to do so. In 2012 he won the Olympic Gold Team medal in London. He achieved all these results with his best horse Hello Sanctos. In 2014 he reached the third place in Fei World Cup Final in Lyon with Ursula XII and took part in World Equestrian Games in Caen with Hello Sanctos; his first participation in World Equestrian Games was in 2010 in Lexington 2010 with Hello Intertoy Z. But it is in this 2015 season that Scott Brash has become a legend of show jumping with his Major victory at the prestigious Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’: Scott Brash became the first rider ever to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. All this and even more has turned him into an equestrian sport legend.
Scott’s love for riding began at the age of seven. He competed in his first show when he was nine. Scott is a very simple, humble, serious and reserved boy, but at the same time is really ambitious. Scott owes his success mainly to his deep love and passion for horses, his natural talent and sensibility associated to his skill, tenacity and single-mindedness. He is also a very good manager and he knows very well how to get around and to stay at the top in the equestrian world. He shares his most important results with his horses - which he loves so much and of which he wants to take care personally when he can do it - and above all with Hello Sanctos, that is non only his best horse, but also his best friend. Their story began in November 2011 when a Ukrainian oil tycoon had a Dutch horse called Sanctos van het Gravenhof to sell to two English Lords: Harris and Kirkham. If Sanctos were to compete in the London Olympics, the deal had to be done by 31 December. Lord Harris sent the veteran show jumper, David Broome, to investigate. Broome called Scott Brash and told him to get to Germany as quickly as he could.
It took Brash 45 minutes to make up his mind. It was the most expensive horse Lord Harris had ever bought: “He is a lovely horse, a joy to work with” - said Brash - Everyone who comes to the stables wants to pamper him, give him sweets and things. He knows how good he is I think. He is a-once-in-a-lifetime horse. I think he is the best horse of all time – in terms of consistency, the amount of times he jumps clear, the amount of times he wins. His strike rate is unbelievable…”. And now the story of the two ‘guys’ is going on with new adventures. They are at the top of the world, ready for a new unforgettable season full of emotions.