Olympic Gold medalist showjumper, Scott Brash, had plans approved for a new equestrian centre in the Scottish Borders this week.
Peebles-born Brash currently operates a breeding program, which is held at Castlehill Farm, intending to create top-tier horses capable of winning the sport’s most important competitions.
Due to the increasing number of horses, Brash has applied to the Scottish Borders Council to rezone some of his lands north of Glenormiston Farm, close to Innerleithen, for the construction of a new equestrian complex and a staff residence that would also serve as a home base for Brash during his time in Scotland.
Carlos Clarke, the council’s chief planner, gave the application the green light this week.
There are currently 11 horses born through the breeding program, with nine more foals expected in 2023, meaning the farm’s current capacity of 23 horses will quickly be exceeded. With operations on schedule, it is clear that expansion is needed to accommodate the ongoing success of the breeding programme.
Famed for his Rolex Grand Slam of show jumping win in 2015, Brash continues his breeding efforts alongside competing at the highest level of equestrian competition. Although the rider has enjoyed many successes over the years, his ride Hello Sanctus certainly helped him rise up the ranks after winning their first Grand Prix together in 2012. It was in 2019, four years after his Rolex Grand Slam win when Brash and select owners started the breeding endeavour.
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