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Scott Brash wins the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final 

And after two rounds of intense competition, it was World Number One Scott Scott Brash who produced two flawless displays of Show Jumping to win the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Geneva on Decembre 12 th.

It is an elite competition for the best of the best and an opportunity for the Top 10 riders and horses in the world to compete for end-of year supremacy. Similar to the ATP World Finals in tennis, which is also supported by Rolex, the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is the only competition that is run by the competitors through the International Jumping Riders Club and, due to its very nature is one of the toughest in the world to win. Staged during CHI Geneva for the tenth time since the competition started in 2001, at the rider’s request, the competition will now stay at the venue for the next few years.

The ten riders taking part to this years’ Final were Steve Guerdat, Scott Brash, Ben Maher, Daniel Deusser, Ludger Beerbaum and Marcus Ehning for Germany, Kent Farrington for the USA, and three Franch riders : Patrice Delaveau, Kevin Staut, and Pénélope Leprévost –she was the only female rider to be competing in the Final.

The riders who took part to the Rolex IJRC
The riders who took part to the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Geneva this year. © Scoopdyga

Riding his great gelding Hello Sanctos Scott Brash, who has dominated the World Rankings throughout 2014, was one of four riders who went into the second round faultless, and was the only double clear.
"I must say my horse jumped wonderful today” Brash said, "he jumped really, really good and to be standing here, the winner of the Top 10, it's a class I've always only ever dreamed of winning, as a kid growing up, I always thought it was impossible to be in there, but to come here - in Geneva of all places, and win, it's wonderful and I'm delighted.”

The podium
The podium : Scott Brash, Patrice Delaveau and Steve Guerdat. © Scoopdyga

In a further twist of fate following a similar result during the World Equestrian Games earlier in the year, a single time fault in the first round for the French rider Patrice Delaveau, meant his clear in the second round resulted in being the runner-up once again by less than two seconds.

Speaking about his second place, Delaveau said, “Yes, it was the same fault for me [as at the World Equestrian Games] so for the future I will focus my training on this type of fault. It was difficult for me tonight with the speed. Scott was very quick, but for me it's OK I was very happy."

Rolex Testimonee Steve Guerdat’s horse Albfuehren’s Paille, lost a shoe just before entering the ring before the second round and after a quick visit to the farrier, Guerdat was able to finish with just four faults, and claim his spot on the podium in third place.

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