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Five Minutes with Scott Brash – Rolex Grand Slam Winner

The Connolly's RED MILLS team are delighted to be a nutritional partner to some of the world’s top riders. At the beginning of the 2015 season, world number one showjumper Scott Brash joined our team of RED MILLS Ambassadors.

Scott Brash with Hello Sanctos

We had a visit with Scott at his Sussex base where we met the team of Hana, Kelly, Shannon and Hanna along with his string of horses. Our Equine Nutritionist Nia evaluated each horse’s diets and advised on their nutritional plans which is a key factor in competition horses performances particularly when international travel is involved.

Just last week, Scott made history with Hello Sanctos by winning the Rolex Grand Slam at Spruce Meadows. We were delighted to see Sanctos wearing his RED MILLS rug on his travels.

Many of our riders travel to compete at top level events around the globe, as RED MILLS is available in 50 countries worldwide, their horses diets can remain consistent and perform at their best.

We were delighted to catch up with Scott and ask him a few quick fire questions to learn a little more about him –

First riding memory?

It has to be my cheeky pony Minstrel. I remember riding him with my sister Lea. He would put down his head to eat and I’d come tumbling off, until we got a pair of grass reins!

Career highlight? 

The London Olympics was a stand out for me. It was just an amazing feeling to win in front of a home crowd.

(As this was pre-Spruce Meadows, Scott may have a different answer for us if we were speaking to him today!)

Nia gives her advise on nutritional plans

Greatest riding influence?

There’s a lot of people like that throughout my career, it’s hard to choose just one. I like Marcus Ehnings style, it’s so smooth and in tune with the horse and Ludgar Beerbaum’s achievements are just incredible.

Favourite way to unwind?

It’s nice to be at home and relax with Hannah when we have a weekend off.

Childhood hero (equine or otherwise)?

My dad was a great model for my sister, brother and I growing up. He let us make our own mistakes but was always there if something went wrong.

Favourite show?

There are so many shows on the calendar now it would be difficult to choose one. I enjoy to ride indoors in front of a packed audience like Geneva or Gothenburg and the stadium in Doha is just amazing, they’ve great facilities there. Outdoors shows like Aachen are a big occasion.

I love Hickstead, though I’ve only ridden there once. It’s nice to be front of a home crowd, now that we’re closer I hope to be there more often. Olympia is another show where I can ride in front of a home crowd.

A good crowd really makes a show, in Dublin at the RDS on Nations Cup Day you can hear a pin drop. There’s just a great atmosphere.

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