Brash wins Rolex Grand Slam
Scott Brash is the first rider ever to win all three Major show successively and secured himself an additional 1 million Euros in prize-money – CHIO Manager Michael Mronz: “The Rolex Grand Slam will have a sustainable effect on show jumping”
Aachen/Calgary. The Olympic gold medallist, Scott Brash, wrote sporting history on Sunday and has become a living equestrian sport legend. After beating the top-class line-up of participants in the “CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex” in Calgary/Canada – following his victories at the CHI Geneva and at the CHIO Aachen – he clinched the hat trick and became the first rider ever to win the “Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping”. The equestrian sport series has been uniting three of the most traditional and demanding equestrian shows in the world for several years, the Major shows. The person, who rides to victory at all three prestigious shows in succession, immediately claims the title as the “Rolex Grand Slam winner”, which is endowed with an additional one million Euros in prize-money.
“In the same way that the top tennis players concentrate on the four Major tournaments, in future the equestrian sport will focus more on the Rolex Grand Slam,” said Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reiturnier GmbH. As one of the initiators of the “Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping”, CHIO Aachen sees itself confirmed in its aim to make the equestrian sport more future-oriented in the course of the global changes. “The victory of Scott Brash hails a new era and will change the equestrian sport calendar in a sustainable manner and will lead to a revised way of thinking among the riders and in horse management,” Mronz is convinced.
Scott Brash is the first person to succeed in winning the Rolex Grand Slam: “It is absolutely unbelievable, for me the dream of a lifetime has come true,” commented the 29-year-old British rider after his sensational victory. After winning the Major shows in Geneva and Aachen, Brash decided not to even compete at the European Championships so that his horse “Hello Sanctos” would remain in top form to take the Grand Slam title.
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