Peebles rallies to honour home-town hero Scott Brash

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An artist's impression of the sculpture honouring Scott Brash, which will be made from recycled horse shoes.
An artist’s impression of the sculpture honouring Scott Brash, which will be made from recycled horse shoes.

A sculpture of Scotland’s Olympic gold medalist Scott Brash made out of recycled horseshoes may soon grace the showjumper’s home town.

The Bonnie Peebles community group has applied for planning permission from the Scottish Borders Council for the sculpture, which will honour local hero Brash, who recently won showjumping’s Grand Slam and has been the world No.1 for two years.

Scott Brash with the Grand Slam trophy.
Scott Brash with the Grand Slam trophy. © Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping/Kit Houghton

Bonnie Peebles secretary Margaret Wightman told local paper the Peeblesshire News that the community’s recognition of Brash’s achievements on the world stage were “long overdue”.

“He has achieved fantastic things and it’s about time they were recognised and really celebrated. Everyone in Peebles is so proud and I think the community will get behind this and welcome it 100 per cent,” she told the paper.

The idea for the sculpture, which will be three metres high, was first raised by the group last October. The piece will depict a horse and rider jumping a five-bar gate with the Olympic logo, with flower containers on either side.

It is planned that the work would be placed on Edinburgh road.

Funds for the sculpture would be raised by the Bonnie Peebles group.

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