Scott Brash wins Grand Prix title in Calgary for second successive year
Last Updated: 12/09/16 10:59am
Scott Brash claimed a repeat victory in the CP International Grand Prix after a thrilling jump-off at Spruce Meadows.
The British rider completed a remarkable hat-trick of Grand Prix victories last year and enjoyed further success in Calgary as he and Ursula XII edged out USA's McLain Ward and HH Azur in the jump-off, while Italy's Lorenzo de Luca and Ensor de Litrange XII finished third.
Brash and Ward had earlier jumped clear in round two to set up the third round showdown, with $1million at stake.
Jumping first, Brash recorded a clear round in 41.19 seconds and Ward then followed with HH Azur, but had to settle for second place after dropping one rail in a time of 43.11 seconds.
Brash, who had finished a close second in the Grand Prix of Aachen in July, said: "I am actually so happy for my horse Ursula because it has been a long road with her.
"She has always been an unbelievable horse, but probably never had the recognition she deserves.
"She went through two years of injuries, and to finally get her back to the top end of this sport and then win the biggest Grand Prix in the world, I am absolutely over the moon, for the horse especially."