Scott grabs the chance to mix it with the best in the world

Peebles eventer Scott Brash in action last year on IntertoyZ.
Peebles eventer Scott Brash in action last year on IntertoyZ.

PEEBLES eventer Scott Brash has taken up the reins for the 2011-2013 World Class Development Programme, writes Fiona Scott.

The 25-year-old made his Meydan FEI Nation’s Cup debut in La Baule, France, in 2010, before going on to compete in a further three similar events. He was also part of the British team that took part in the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

Speaking about his most recent achievement, Brash told TheSouthern: ‘I’m delighted to have been reselected for the World Class Development Programme. It’s a great confidence boost to know that I’m still performing at a high level. Having access to the nutritionists, sports psychologists and coaches that the programme provides is invaluable and I’m sure this continued support will pay dividends as I look to build on my successes from last year.”

Funded by UK Sport, the development scheme works with talented riders like Brash to maximise their potential and deliver success.

“To make the team for the World Equestrian Games in October 2010 was fantastic and I learnt a lot from being part of the same team as riders with a huge amount of championship experience,” he added. “I’m going to continue to work hard this year and hopefully will be in contention for the European team in Madrid in September.

“My two top horses, Intertoy Z and Bon Ami, are also flying out to Palm Beach in Florida soon to compete on the American circuit which will be great experience for them.

“I’m extremely grateful for the support of the programme as well as my sponsors and owners and I’m looking forward to a successful season.”

Together with the Equine Pathway, the schemes comprise the Equestrian World Class Programme. It incorporates the three Olympic sports of dressage, eventing, showjumping and the Paralympic sport of para-equestrian dressage.

World Class performance director Will Connell said: “The selection process was slightly changed this time and carried on over a longer period, allowing applicants to be viewed in competition.

“The standard of rider applying was higher than ever and the selectors had a difficult job, but that’s excellent news for us as a nation as it reflects the wealth of talent that we are fortunate to have.”

The programme has been funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport, since 1998.