SHOWJUMPING: History was written today at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters‘! Scott Brash succeeded in doing what no other rider has achieved before: He made the impossible possible !
Press release Rolex Grand Slam
The British show-jumper was the only rider among the first-class line-up of participants in the “CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex” to jump clear in both rounds and, after Geneva and Aachen, secured himself the third Major victory in succession. An amazing triumph, because this exceptional feat means that Scott Brash is the first rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping!
“It is absolutely unbelievable, for me the dream of a lifetime has come true,” said the 29-year-old, as the Rolex Grand Slam Trophy was presented to him during the festive prize-giving ceremony.
The impressive trophy is, however, not the only reward for Scott Brash’s master achievement: As the winner of the three big equestrian sport Majors, he has won the incredible sum of one million Euros in addition to the prize-money of 500,000 Canadian Dollars. There has never been such a high bonus in the history of the equestrian sport before. No other rider has ever asserted himself against his fellow competitors so convincingly before.
The spectators in the sold-out “International Ring” witnessed a Grand Prix that was unparalleled in terms of emotion and excitement: Continuous rain and a course comprising of the highest degree of difficulty awaited the 40 riders, who had succeeded in qualifying for the Major throughout the week of the show. Indeed only ten pairs jumped clear in the first round. As was the case at the Major in Aachen, Scott Brash and his phenomenal “Hello Sanctos” once again crossed the finish line clear in the fastest time in the first round. Twelve pairs went through to the second round, which comprised of an even more demanding course, eleven pairs failed. When finally Scott Brash rode into the ring amid thunderous applause, after the fourteenth fence the winner was clear. The stadium held its breath 14 times, 14 sighs of relief when the poles didn’t fall. Finally, tens of thousands of people glanced at the scoreboard: The time sufficed – a hero was born!
The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping – the ultimate equestrian sport challenge. Scott Brash mastered this challenge today. He wrote history in Canada at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ and turned September 13th, 2015 into the beginning of a new equestrian sport era.
The Rolex Grand Slam
The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is a new challenge created in 2013 by three of the world’s greatest equestrian shows: CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament and
CHI Geneva. Considered to be the ultimate show jumping test, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping rewards the rider who wins consecutive Grands Prix at each of these three majors.