Scott Brash pulls out of Rio 2016
Scott Brash MBE has announced his withdrawal from the Rio 2016 games due to horses, Hello Sanctos and Hello M’Lady picking up minor injuries at the start of the season.
Scottish rider Brash has been riding Hello Sanctos since early 2012. The rider had announced that the Rio Olympics were to be the final championships for the gelding. It was Hello Sanctos that Brash rode to victory making history last September, being the first rider to claim the Rolex Grand Slam of Jumping, taking home a whopping £950,000!
In a statement released by the British Equestrian Federation, regarding Scott Brash’s withdrawl from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, they confirmed;
We greatly regret that showjumper Scott Brash is unable to be selected to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Scott’s top two Olympic hopefuls Hello Sanctos (owned by Lady Kirkham and Lord and Lady Harris) and Hello M’Lady (owned by Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris) picked up minor injuries at the start of the season and are still not back into full competition work and therefore will be unable to reach full fitness in time for Rio.
Scott, Lord and Lady Harris and Lord and Lady Kirkham have commented; “We are extremely disappointed that we are unable to help Team GB in their quest to win another Team Gold medal at this year’s Olympics. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of Team GB every success in Rio.”
The news follows British Dressage rider Gareth Hughes’s announcement on his withdrawal [from the 2016 Olympic games]. Horse, Classic Briolinca, injured her leg during warm up for Rotterdam CHIO Dressage competition resulting in team Hughes giving the Trento B x Royal Dance mare the rest of the year off.