Scott Brash‘s ride, Hello Sanctos, accompanied by groom Hannah Colman, headed to Calgary, Canada, on Sunday, September 6, to take part in the Spruce Meadows CSIO 5*. Brash will join them in a few days. Having already won the CHI in Geneva (pictures above) and CHIO in Aachen (pictured below), the Scottish rider stands a good chance to become the first rider ever to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping—and the £1 million bonus that goes with it.
Despite missing Burghley, Ingrid Klimke has brought home the FEI Classics title thanks to victories at Pau and Luhmühlen, and her second place at Badminton. Burghley winner Michael Jung was second, having also won Kentucky and finished third at Luhmühlen. Klimke, who is the first German rider to win the series, is now heading to Blair Castle to contest the Europeans.
The West Midlands Fire Service saved a horse trapped in reeds and water in a disused canal near Wednesbury last Thursday, September 3.
Showjumping met football in Spain, when top club FC Barcelona welcomed European champion Jeroen Dubbeldam, Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya and Britain’s Jessica Mendoza to their legendary Camp Nou stadium on September 2 to begin the countdown to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place at the nearby Real Club De Polo de Barcelona on September 24 to 27.
Di Lampard has picked her team for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final. The five that will represent Britain are Joe Clee with Utamaro d’Ecaussines (pictured below), Ben Maher with Diva II, Jessica Mendoza with Spirit T, Laura Renwick with Bintang II and Michael Whitaker with Cassionato.
The Society of Equestrian Artists’ Horse in Art exhibition opened on Monday, 31 August, at Sally Mitchell’s Gallery in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire.
Main image: Scott Brash and hello Sanctos in Geneva by Kit Houghton, courtesy of the Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping