Having won their second CSI5* event of the week in Verona, it seems that Scott Brash and Bon Ami are undeniably one of the most competitive combinations we’ve seen through out the season, winning speed classes as well as Longines ranked competitions. Today, winning the Premio BMW in Verona, Italy to make this event his second in two days. Having won the Premio Carraro yesterday, it’s no wonder why the 13 year old Belgian bred gelding is a vital member of Scott’s International string.
“He’s an unbelievable horse. I mean he wins at nearly every venue he goes to around the world. He’s just a fantastic second horse to have in your string. I mean he can jump big classes well and he can jump Grand Prix’s also but this is his height and he’s fantastic at it” said Scott Brash in Lausanne in September after he and Bon Ami had won the Thursday night CSI5* 1.50 competition.
Through out the year we have seen plenty of strong speed combinations. Winning both speed classes and qualifiers, combinations such as Roger Yves Bost and Castle Forbes Cosma, Harrie Smolders and Regina Z, Patrice Delaveau and Carinjo HDC, Christian Ahlmann and Little Lady Z. Let’s for a moment, put the big guns aside. Such momentous combinations as Nick Skelton and Big Star, Christian Ahlmann and Codex One, Edwina Tops-Alexander and Cevo Itot du Chateau, Laura Kraut and Cedric, Patrice Delaveau and Orient Express HDC and so on.
These combinations are the hot shots on campus, the ones that get all the glory and all the attention, but there are those who deliver as much in their own classes and divisions. They are those fast, nimble, competitive horses that some international riders have in their stables that go out and win consistently through out the year, ranking both their riders and themselves higher and higher because of their consistency and determination.
Scott Brash’s Bon Ami is one such horse. Ranked 43rd on the WBFSH Rankings, Bon Ami is in good company. Slotted in between two top tier mounts, Carinjo HDC and Cedric. In addition to being ranked in the Top 50 on the WBFSH Rankings, Bon Ami is surrounded by Olympic medal winning VDL Groep Verdi, VDL Bubalu, Lacrimoso HDC and William Funnell’s Billy Congo. In fact, observing the World’s Top 50 ranked horses, Bon Ami is one of the only, if not the only, horse ranked that high on the World Rankings and yet he does not compete in the big title Grand Prix’s like his fellow stable mates Hello Sanctos and Ursula XI.
“He’s a great horse, what can I say, he’s fantastic. He’s so good at these sort of classes. He’s just a great horse to have in my string, I’m very fortunate. He’s very quick in his jump and naturally fast everywhere” said Scott in Monte Carlo, where he won the CSI5* Massimo Dutti Grand Prix ahead of Denis Lynch and Richard Spooner.
Bon Ami has won ranked CSI5* classes this year in Verona, Lausanne, Monte Carlo, London and Rome. Bon Ami has won six CSI5* ranked international classes and placed in the top five at such events as Lyon, Barcelona, Monaco, s’Hertogenbosch, Bordeaux and Basel. Having won two ranking classes in Verona, it shows that Bon Ami dominates both indoors and outdoors.
“I’m just very fortunate I have a very fast horse and he’s so careful. He jumps great, I can’t ask anything more” said Scott in London when him and Bon Ami won the London Accumulator class in one of the fastest competitions of the Longines Global Champions Tour season. Beating out Christian Ahlmann and Roger-Yves Bost in yet another outstanding competition for this competitive combination.