It almost seems that being a London Olympic Champion is a prerequisite if you are to stand a chance of winning a class in the highly select Equita Lyon competition! Following in the footsteps of Ben Maher and Steve Guerdat on Friday, the British Olympic team champion, namely the Scottish rider Scott Brash, won the Prix Land Rover on Bon Ami, a class with progressive difficulties and a tricky last obstacle. Having almost won yesterday, the British rider's patience was finally rewarded.
He finished ahead of Roger-Yves Bost on Castle Forbes Vivaldo. Ben Maher and Vadeline completed the podium. "It is the first time I have taken part in this stage of the World Cup in Lyon. The arena is really fantastic, very big. There is lots off space to work the horses and everything is well organised; it's something we appreciate because we spend a lot of time in competitions. Lyon is without a doubt one of the best indoor shows I have taken part in and I'm really pleased to have won my first class here this morning. Bon Ami is one of my favourite horses and I was unlucky with him yesterday. My time was good enough to win the class but I knocked the last bar off; it was infuriating. He is very competitive and he showed that today. I'm delighted," said the friendly Scott Brash after his win.
This young rider has been competing at the highest level for just three seasons. He shares his time between his stables in Scotland and the facilities he rents in Holland: "Scotland will always be my home port. I have three employees who take my young horses to competitions. When I go back, I try the young horses and give my riders my instructions. The problem is there are not many CSI in Scotland, or even Great Britain for that matter, and that's why you have to go to the continent. I spend two days a week in Scotland and the rest in Holland, where I'm closer to the major competitions. I'm ten hours drive from Dover, but one day I intend to have my own facilities on the continent.
I always wanted to be a professional rider. I didn't know if I would be have what it takes, but I was ready to try anything to achieve my goal. When I finished school I worked for a year for Paul Barker, then six months with Sarah Lee and finally set up on my own. Like everyone, I now have to sell a horse to keep my business going, but I never lose sight of the fact that I'm doing this for the sake of high-level sport, in order to go to championships, the Olympics, for medals and , one day, to become the world number one. That's the dream that motivates me," confided the Scottish rider.
Completed results: http://results.scgvisual.com/2012/lyon/r11.html