Brash ready to build on gold

03 October 2012 / 15:22

Olympic showjumping gold medallist Scott Brash is targeting next year's European Championships and World Cup final after the "dream" outcome of London 2012.

Brash will be a star attraction at this week's Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham, where he can expect to be lauded by British fans following a spectacular Olympic title triumph eight weeks ago.

The 26-year-old Scotsman was quickly back in the saddle after Greenwich Park, competing on continental Europe and in Canada, with opening World Cup series events at Oslo and Helsinki on his agenda later this month aboard Olympic ride Hello Sanctos.

These are heady times for the Peebles-based rider, although he appears to be handling it all with little difficulty.

"It's back to reality now - you don't have much time to rest in this sport," said Brash, who takes Intertoy Z, Bon Ami and Sebastian to Birmingham.

"London was a dream. It just fills you with so many good memories that will last forever."

Hello Sanctos was bought for Brash by loyal British showjumping supporters Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, and less than eight months after he first tried the horse in Germany the combination helped Britain to a first Olympic team gold for 60 years alongside Nick Skelton, Ben Maher and Peter Charles.

"My horse just grew into the atmosphere," Brash said.

"I wasn't 100 per cent sure how well he would cope with it, but he did it fantastically well. I have some fantastic owners that are going to continue to back me, and with them behind me then I think the future is bright.

"The horse has been an absolute legend for me - he has fulfilled it all."