byEditorial Staff| Mar 26, 2018
Clinching the opening event of any Longines Global Champions Tour season is already an impressive accomplishment but when it’s Olympic Gold Medalist, Scott Brash, show jumpers worldwide take notice.
Already a two-time LGCT Champion, Brash’s flawless double clear effort aboard his veteran mount, Ursula XII, to win the first LGCT Grand Prix of the season in Mexico City is as clear a sign as any that he’s on a strong path to securing his third LGCT champion title. More excitement surrounds Brash after last weekend as he has become the first to qualify for the new Longines Global Champions Super Grand Prix in Prague in December.
What a way to kick off the 2018 LGCT series and it’s thanks to the efforts of his Scottish Sport Horse bay mare who showed absolutely no signs of her age slowing her down. At 17 years old, she is using her experience to keep up her winning ways and is still considered among the very best in Brash’s current string of powerful horses. “I’m absolutely delighted for Ursula and my team,” Brash told LGCT press after Saturday’s victory. “She’s probably in her last season, so to get a big win here in Mexico is really rewarding for us all. I’m delighted with her and I think she jumped better in every round.”
Here are 10 reasons why Ursula proves that age is just a number:
- The 2016 $3 Million CP International Grand Prix presented by Rolex was Ursula’s first career Grand Prix victory ever, at 15 years young.
- With Brash in the saddle, the pair placed second in the Rolex IJRC Top TenFinal at the 2017 CHI Geneva CSI5*.
- On her home soil, Ursula and Brash placed second in the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup at Olympia, the London International Horse Show CSI5*-W.
- Contrary to her name (like Disney’s antagonist in the Little Mermaid) Ursula is the calmest horse, ever. She is very easy to handle—not a typical mare at all!
- Ursula gets very attached to her stables mates. She’s especially attached to Hello Sanctos. She was very attached to Bon Ami, who was her best friend and horse show travel buddy for a long time.
- Ursula isn’t particular when it comes to food. Her favorite food is just about anything, but the mare loves bananas at home and polo mints when she comes out of the ring.
- Ursula is called Princess Ursula at the stables. She walks like a princess and flicks and points her toes when she walks. She thinks she’s royalty and is spoiled, for sure.
- Similar to all princesses, Ursula hates flies.
- Ursula is the smallest horse in Scott Brash’s stables—she stands at barely sixteen hands.
- She can’t stand being left alone. Ursula likes to be with her barn buddies at all times.
- Impresionante Mexico City! The 411 On The Year’s First LGCT/GCL Event [Noelle Floyd.com]