Scott Brash

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Scott Brash
MBE
Scott Brash.jpg
Personal information
Full nameScott Brash
NationalityScottish
Born23 November 1985
Peebles, Peeblesshire, Scotland
Websitescottbrashequestrian.co.uk
Sport
CountryGreat Britain
SportShow jumping
TeamGB
Achievements and titles
Olympic finalsLondon 2012
Highest world ranking1
Scott Brash with Ursula XII in 2013

Scott Brash MBE (born 23 November 1985) is a Scottish showjumper. He began riding the horse Hello Sanctos in early 2012. They competed as part of the British Team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London winning a gold medal in the team jumping event. In 2015 he became the first rider to win show jumping's Rolex Grand Slam, all three of the sport's most prestigious events in a single year, earning the sport's biggest individual prize of 1m Euros (£735,000).[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Brash was born in Peebles, Scotland, and is the son of a builder.[3] He attended Newlands Primary School and Peebles High School as a child, and at seven years old he began riding his own pony. At the age of ten he began show jumping in The Pony Club.[4]

Career[edit]

Brash won the World Cup Grand Prix in Florida in March 2012 during the run up to the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the prize fund of $60,000. He placed ahead of Richard Spooner in second and Kent Farrington in third. It was the first occasion that Brash had won a Grand Prix event on Hello Sanctos.[5] In May he was part of the British team that finished sixth at the Rome Nations Cup in May 2012.[6] He was named as part of Great Britain's show jumping team for the 2012 Olympics along with Nick Skelton, Ben Maher and Peter Charles.[7]

At the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Brash and Hello Sanctos won a gold medal as part of the British show jumping team.[2] They finished fifth in the individual competition.

Brash was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.[8] That year, Brash and Hello Sanctos won the team gold and individual bronze medal at the Herning European Show Jumping Championships. In November 2013, on the day of his 28th Birthday, Brash won the last event of the 2013 Global Champions Tour, the Doha Grand Prix, and secured himself the overall championship.[9] In 2014, with Hello Sanctos, he won the Top 10 competition and the Rolex Grand Prix in Palexpo, Geneva.

In May 2015, Brash and Hello Sanctos won the Rolex Grand Prix titles in Aachen, Germany, Geneva Switzerland and Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the sport's three most prestigious annual events. This made him the first rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam and show jumping's biggest individual prize of 1m Euros (£735,000).[1][2]

Scott Brash won three legs of the Longines Global Champions Tour in 2015, including Miami Beach and Cascais (Estoril) with Hello Sanctos, and Monaco with Hello M'Lady. In 2017, Brash was disqualified from a Global Champions League event in Portugal after traces of blood were found on his horse Hello Forever.[10] The controversial disqualification led to a push by some in the showjumping community to soften enforcement of the so-called 'blood rule.'[11]

In 2018, Brash won the London Grand Prix of the Longines Global Champions Tour, seeing his total of LGCT Grands Prix victories reach eleven; the highest number held by any rider since the Tour was founded in 2006.[12]

Brash remains close to the top of the Longines World Rankings as he has since his last Olympic appearance in 2012.[2] Brash is currently the world number 27 rider.[13]

International Championship Results[edit]

Results
Year Event Horse Placing Notes
2010 World Equestrian Games Hello Intertoy Z 9th Team
37th Individual
2012 Olympic Games Hello Sanctos 1st, gold medalist(s) Team
5th Individual
2013 European Championships Hello Sanctos 1st, gold medalist(s) Team
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Individual
2014 World Cup Final Ursula XII 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2014 World Equestrian Games Hello Sanctos 18th Team
49th Individual
2019 European Championships Hello M'Lady 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Team
36th Individual
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew

Horses[edit]

Brash's top horse was Hello Sanctos. Together they won Team Gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. They have had many other successes together including the Rolex Grand Slam, the Global Champions Tour in 2013 and 2014, several LGCT Grand Prix wins and many times through to the top 18.[14]

Brash's up-coming horses include Hello Mr President, Hello Jefferson, Hello Senator, Hello Shelby and Hello Franklin.

The horses are owned by Lord and Lady Harris of Peckham and Lord and Lady Kirkham and are all a part of the very successful "Hello" stable.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Russell, Scott (14 September 2015). "Brash's Spruce Meadows win a magical moment for sport". CBC Sports. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Scott Brash makes showjumping history by winning Grand Slam". BBC Sport. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  3. ^ Hubbard, Alan (20 May 2012). "Wonder horse or ultimate Plastic Brit?". The Independent. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Peebles showjumper continues to triumph in the United States". The Southern Reporter. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Brash hits form in Olympic year by landing showjumping World Cup Grand Prix win in Florida". Daily Mail. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Rome Nations Cup – Scott Brash". British Show Jumping. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  7. ^ "London 2012: Showjumper Scott Brash to make Olympic debut". BBC Sport. 1 July 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  8. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 24.
  9. ^ "Brash makes it a birthday double winning Championship and Doha Grand Prix". Global Champions Tour. 23 November 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.
  10. ^ CNN, Paul Gittings. "Top showjumper Brash DQ'd over blood rule". CNN. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  11. ^ "When There Is Blood on a Horse, Is It an Accident or Abuse?". The New York Times. 24 April 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Scott Brash thrills home crowd with win in Global Champions Tour London". Horse & Country. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  13. ^ https://data.fei.org/Ranking/Search.aspx?rankingCode=S_WR. Retrieved 20 October 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ a b Mingo, Rita (8 September 2015). "Scottish-born Brash needs CP International win at Spruce Meadows for lucrative bonus cheque". The Calgary Herald. Retrieved 15 September 2015.

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