Great Britain Rider Scott Brash Withdraws From Team Olympic Event as Horse Suffers Injury at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/05/2021, 2:41 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Equestrian – Jumping – Individual – Final – Equestrian Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Scott Brash of Britain on his horse Jefferson competes. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh


The equestrian events continue at Tokyo Olympics 2020 with the Olympic team title competition, the next event. As the Olympic Games reach its anti-climax, nations are still competing against each other for their supremacy in equestrian sports. However, the Great Britain team announced that world-number, Scott Brash and his horse Jefferson will be out of the competitions. This comes after Jefferson suffered a minor strain during the finals of the individual competitions.

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It comes as a blow to GB’s hopes of winning a gold medal for this event but not the end of the world. Other talented riders come in to claim their Olympic moment.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Equestrian – Jumping – Individual – Final – Equestrian Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Scott Brash of Britain on his horse Jefferson competes. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Scott Brash withdraws from Tokyo Olympics 2020 equestrian event

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The news comes at the wrong time for Scott and Jefferson. The team will comprise Ben Maher, Holly Smith, and Harry Charles. Moreover, an insider issued a statement regarding the matter.

“In consultation with Scott, his valued owners, and our team vet, we have decided that it is in the horse’s best interests to withdraw from the competition as a preventative measure to avoid a more serious injury.”

“This is obviously a disappointment for Brash but the team is still going strong for Friday’s team competition and we thank Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham for their support during these Games and to the sport. Ben and Holly were always going to be on our team and it is great to have Harry join the trio at his first Games,” said an insider.

Even though it is a minor injury, the precautions taken are understandable considering the chances of aggravating the existing injury.

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Brash can hold his head high

Despite not competing in the event, Scott Brash can be proud of his achievements to date. Earlier in the 2012 London Olympics, he took part in the team jumping event and won the gold medal. A quite stupendous performance by the Brit.

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However, it has not been a good show for the former world number one in Tokyo Olympics 2020. The rider did not make the jump-off while his compatriot Ben Maher won the showjumping competition, and took home the gold medal. Notably, he performed with finesse but a one-time fault ended his hopes of winning a medal for his country.

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The equestrian events continue as riders continue to perform with their horses in unique events. In spite of Brash not making the cut, team GB is in skilled hands with the other riders who will come in. However, Will Brash’s withdrawal prove costly?

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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