Scott Brash made history when he won the Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping at Spruce Meadows, in Canada, on September 13. Having already bagged the Grand Prix at Geneva and Aachen, the Scottish rider also won the Calgary Grand Prix and secured the Rolex Grand Slam Trophy and €1 million prize —the first rider ever to do so. “It is absolutely unbelievable,” he said. “For me, the dream of a lifetime has come true.”
Equestrian sculpture is all the rage lately. After the Kelpies in Scotland and the The Rising Tide, an installation of four horses and riders by Jason deCaires Taylor set on the Thames’ South Bank, which is only visible at low tide,
another equestrian sculpture takes centre stage this week. The Black Horse, by Mark Wallinger, is one of the centrepieces of Beyond Limits: The Landscape Of British Sculpture 1950-2015, a selling exhibition set in the grounds of Chatsworth House and features more 30 works of art from artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst.
The British team of finished in second place at Blair Castle in a nail-biting finale that saw William Fox-Pitt out after the cross country and Nicola Wilson close to being unseated in the showjumping.
Michael Owen’s horse had to be put down after shattering a hind leg in the Irish St Leger crown.
Horses were bedecked in patriotic decorations at a parade held in Sacramento, California, to honour Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, the three Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a train in France earlier in the summer.
Racing hardly get more spectacular than at the Laytown races in Meath, Ireland. The event, which was first held in 1868 is one of the very few races in the world that are run on a beach under official rules.
Main image: Scott Brash holds the Rolex Grand Slam trophy, courtesy of the Rolex Grand Slam