BORDERS-BASED show-jumper Scott Brash enjoyed a cracking victory as this year’s 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida draws towards a close.
Riding his father’s Intertoy Z, Brash won the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic, beating fellow Brit Ben Maher and Quainton Stud’s Quiet Easy 4 into second.
There were no clear rounds and just 13 of the 40 entries finished on four faults. Brash, riding last in the jump-off, finished it clear in a time of 40.403 seconds.
It was the first class during the 11-week festival that no one jumped clear in the first round.
Brash, who is based near Peebles, said: “I don’t know what was so difficult to be honest. It was just a bit different.
“It was quite a long course. That last line was a bit tricky, the last fence – a lot had the last fence.
“I think a lot of the four faulters were pretty unlucky and my horse was unlucky in the first round. I think there were quite a lot of horses in that position. You get the odd class like that, but I think it still ended up being an entertaining class. I have not been in that situation so many times.
“That doesn’t happen too often, but they are big, hard tracks here. The horses aren’t jumping bad, it’s just hard.
“The time is tight, everything is hard, and you can have the odd occasion where there is a class like that where everyone is jumping well, but just a bit unlucky. That’s the way it is.” He has been riding 13-year-old Zangersheide gelding Intertoy Z since the horse was five. The pairing also won the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty CSI 2* Grand Prix during week two of the winter festival.
Brash will also be riding in today’s $500,000 FTI Consulting CSI 5* Finale Grand Prix.
He said: “It has been fantastic for all of my horses to get up and running and going.
“There have been a couple of new horses here that I have just gotten to know throughout the circuit and you can’t really get that experience with them anywhere else but here, so I think I am going home with a strong team ready for the year.”