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15-year-old mare, Ursula wins Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ GP

Scott Brash GBR riding Ursula XII wins the CP International -part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Photo: Rolex/Kit Houghton

Bred by Mrs. Mary Turnbull, the phenomenal 15-year-old mare, Ursula (Ahorn - Paloma x Papageno) gave Scott Brash a sensational victory in the CP International Grand Prix presented by Rolex during the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in Calgary yesterday. They were the only pair to complete three faultless performances over three rounds, including the jump-off. Remarkably, since the ‘Masters’ hosted its first Grand Prix in 1976, only one other rider has achieved back-to-back victories: Rodrigo Pessoa in 2000 and 2001 (with the same horse, Gandini Lianos). In 2015 Brash’s victory came with Hello Sanctos, so a masterpiece accomplishment to win two years in succession with different horses. “I am overjoyed and my whole thanks go to my horse, who jumped exceptionally today. Ursula is a world-class horse and I am extremely happy that she is finally getting the attention she deserves.”

This win once again puts Brash on the road to win a second Rolex Grand Slam series if he’s successful in Geneva in December, and Aachen in July 2017. "But I am also realistic: The Rolex Grand Slam of showjumpig is such a difficult thing to win – after all, we are talking about the three biggest Grand Prix in the world. Being able to win in Geneva, Aachen or Spruce Meadows even one in a lifetime is already a fantastic achievement in itself. And it remains to be a virtually impossible challenge to win all three majors in succession, even with the best horse in the world. Even today, I can still hardly believe my victory last year. But, don’t get me wrong: I will give it my best shot.”