byNoelle Floyd| Sep 14, 2016
She’s the little bay mare who could, winning the $3 Million CP International Grand Prix presented by Rolex at the 2016 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament CSIO5* with Scott Brash in the irons. The 15-year-old Scottish Sport Horse Ursula XII has partnered with the British rider since October 2012, and she has knocked at the door of top, international victories multiple times throughout the years.
But now she’s no longer a bridesmaid and is finally the bride—taking the second Major of the year that made history as the richest purse in show jumping. With the victory has come her rightful throne at home in West Sussex, England. To learn more about the “new” top horse in Brash’s yard, here’s the inside scoop:
- Ursula is the calmest horse, ever. She is very easy to handle. She is not a typical mare at all!
- She is a big foodie; she loves her food. Her favorite food is just about anything, but Ursula loves bananas at home and polo mints when she comes out of the ring.
- Ursula gets very attached to her stables mates. She’s especially attached to Hello Sanctos. She was also very attached to Bon Ami, who was her best friend and horse show travel buddy for a long time.
- She is Scottish, like Scott.
- Ursula is called Princess Ursula at the stables. She walks like a princess, also: she flicks and points her toes when she walks. She thinks she’s royalty and we spoil her, for sure.
- Like all princesses, Ursula hates flies.
- Ursula is the smallest horse in Scott Brash’s stables. She stands at barely sixteen hands.
- She also can’t stand being left alone. Ursula likes to be with her barn buddies at all times.
- Ursula was previously ridden by British rider Tina Fletcher before she joined up with Scott at Oslo National Horse Show in 2012.
- Ursula proves that victory can come later in life. The 2016 $3 Million CP International Grand Prix presented by Rolex was Ursula’s first career Grand Prix victory ever, at the tender age of 15 years young.