Scott Brash and Ursula XII: a stellar victory
Scott Brash repeats victory in Grand Prix at the Spruce Meadows Masters, Calgary!
For the second year in a row, Great Britain’s Scott Brash took the win in the biggest Grand Prix CP International in show jumping competing at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO5*. On Sunday, September 11, Brash and Ursula XII were the winners of the $3 Million CP International Grand Prix in a thrilling jump-off against USA’s McLain Ward and HH Azur. Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca and Ensor de Litrange XII finished third.
Brash also won the $1.5 Million CP International in 2015 along with taking the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping for the first time in history. The biggest Grand Prix in the sport, the CP International, is part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, which was won for the first time by Brash in 2015. Brash and Hello Sanctos topped three consecutive grand prix competitions in Geneva, Aachen, and then Calgary to earn the title.
Though he was not in contention for the Grand Slam this year - he finished second in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen with Ursula XII last July - winning the CP International for the second year in a row was just as exciting for Brash: “It is a little different, but just as good actually,” Brash stated. “I am actually so happy for my horse Ursula because it has been a long road with her. She has always been an unbelievable horse, but probably never had the recognition she deserves. She was the number one horse in the world, but never actually won a grand prix (before today). She was second so many times in so many big grand prixs, but never actually won one, so she picked a good one to win. She went through two years of injuries, and to finally get her back to the top end of this sport and then win the biggest grand prix in the world, I am absolutely over the moon, for the horse especially.”
Brash’s wins were with two different horses, but he had great confidence in Ursula this year, just as he had in Hello Sanctos in 2015. Ursula XII is a 15-year-old Scottish Sport Horse mare owned by Lady P Harris and Lady P Kirkham.