Scott Brash, British showjumper

  • Scott Brash, born on 5 December 1985, is a British showjumper, based in Peebles in the Scottish Borders where he breeds and trains his horses.

    Scot started riding at the age of seven and went to his first show when he was nine.

    At the age of 18 he went to train with Paul Barker for a year.

    He is supported by his father Stanley – a former jockey – sister Lea and three full time grooms.

    Scott was crowned Accenture Young Show Jumper of the Year on his first trip from Peebles to the London International Horse Show at Olympia in December 2006, partnering Stanley Brash’s Intertoy Z. Scott has worked with the gelding by Interadel Z since he was a five-year-old.

    At the 2008 Horse of the Year Show Scot took the Horse & Hound Foxhunter title with Sauron ML the day after winning the seven-year-old final with Beaujolais.

    Scott was hailed a hero – along with Roger McCrea-in June 2009 after saving a pony from a burning horsebox on the A1(M). The pair were en route from Edinburgh to the British Show Jumping Association Area 15 show at Allerton Park in North Yorkshire when they spotted the lorry billowing with smoke.

    In December 2009 he was promoted within the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Development Squad, joining the potential showjumping programme.

    2010 was a particularly successful year for Scott. At the British Open Championships he took first place in the Jeep Challenge with Sebastian III and won the Grand Prix at the Chester Masters with Intertoy Z. He was also selected as a member of Team GBR for the World Equestrian Games in Kentuky with Intertoy Z.

    And in 2011 he was a member of Aachen CSIO 5* Nations Cup Team when he came second again on Intertoy Z. November 2011 saw him head the $100,000 FEI World Cup grand prix in Toronto with his 10-year-old gelding Bon Ami II.

    Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham bought Scott the nine-year-old gelding Sanctos Van Het Gravenhof – formerly ridden by Ukraine’s Katharina Offel – before the Olympic cut-off date of 31 December 2011, with London 2012 in mind. Following the owners’ tradition, the horse was renamed Hello Sanctos.

    Scott kicked off 2012 promisingly, beating Olympic champion Eriz Lamaze to take the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix title on Intertoy Z.

    He was one of several British riders to decamp to Florida for the three-month FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

    Scott was selected for the London 2012 Olympic team and helped Britain win team Olympic gold. He was in contention for an individual medal until the final round of the competition, when Hello Sanctos picked up four faults.

    In 2013, Scott was part of the gold medal-winning British team at the European Championships in Herning, Denmark — where he also claimed an individual bronze  medal.

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