Scott Brash on the way to Rio
After winning Team Gold Medal for Great Britain at London Olympic Games 2012, the pair Scott-Hello Sanctos are on the way to Rio.
Scott Brash and Hello Forever won two 1.50 classes in CSI5* (16- 17 April), during the first edition of Mexico City GCT. The Scotsman confirms all the time his top condition. Recognized as one of the most talented and successful jumping rider in the world, Scott Brash comes from a country with ancient equestrian tradition. Born in Peebles, Scotland, to Caroline and Stan Brash on 23 November 1985, Scott and his older sister Lea grew up riding their ponies and spending weekends competing all across the U.K. Thanks to his unbelievable talent and to the discipline that has always distinghished him, he has always been able to share his time between school and horses, till the age of 16 when he definetely choosed to become a jumping rider.
Shortly he has risen quickly to the highest level of show jumping. Started form humble beginnings, he soon showed his talent and it was not difficult for him to find supporters. Among his early supporters were Paul Barker, of Scotland, and Brendon Stud in the U.K. In a short time Scott caught the attention of his current owner Lord Harris; he’d begun to achieve international notoriety with Intertoy Z and Bon Ami. Intertoy Z carried Scott to some of the first big steps of his career; competing in the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, CSIO5* Nations Cup appearances with Team Great Britain, winners at Dublin and second place at Aachen and San Gallo 2011. Bon Ami, owned by Mrs. E McTaggart, was his important second horse during this same time and helped Scott begin his rise up the world rankings with top placings around the world.
The arrival of Hello Sanctos in Scott’s stable really changed his life. Their patnership began in 2012 and shortly the pair entered the history of show jumping. Owned by Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, Hello Sanctos and Scott won their first grand prix together at the 2012 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. The same year they earned a Team Gold Medal for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics; in that occasion the pair was recognized as one of the best in the world.
Scott and Hello Sanctos had a wonderful performance at London 2012, jumping clear round after clear round, save for just a single rail down in the Individual Final. Scott finished 5th individually in that, his first Olympics. After London, Rio is now his primary goal.
Scott has since ridden Hello Sanctos to team gold medal at the Olympic Games London 2012, team gold and individual bronze medals at European Championships Herning 2013, the 2013 and 2014 Longines Global Champions Tour Series Championship, Top Ten Final 2014, and most significantly, to a historic victory in the 2015 Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. This impressive performance consisted of consecutive victories in the Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva (December, 2014), the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen (May, 2015), and the CN International Grand Prix (September, 2015), an achievement that had never been achieved before. Queen Elizabeth appointed Scott a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.
He now proudly holds the title of MBE, and was further honored in 2015 by being inducted into the British Horse Society Equestrian Hall of Fame, for having achieved the Highest Distinction in the field of Equestrianism. Scott has held the position of Longines FEI World Ranked Number One show jumping rider nearly consecutively since November 2013 till last March when French Simon Delestre jumped to the top. Now the second position is for Christian Ahlmann and Scott Brash is holding the third place. According to the co-owner Lord Harris, Hello Sanctos will compete in Olympic Games in Rio but it will be the 14-year-old gelding last Championship appearance. The top horse will not be retiring after the Olympics, he will keep jumping but he will not be doing anymore big five-days shows. This decision underlines the big and deep respect of the owners and of Scott for their horses.