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MBE tops a "phenomenal" year says Scott Brash

A 27-year-old showjumper from the Scottish Borders says that being formally honoured by the Queen has topped off a "phenomenal" year.

Gold medalist Scott Brash, from Peebles, was made an MBE for services to equestrianism during a ceremony at Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Mr Brash was the youngest member of the British gold medal winning showjumping team at the London Games last summer.

"It means a lot. To be recognised in what you love doing is a fantastic thing. It's great," he said following his meeting with the Queen.

"She asked where I was going next and how the horses are, saying it was a great achievement.

"Being made an MBE has capped a remarkable year, he said.

"The whole experience has been phenomenal. I was just so lucky to be a part of it all."

– Scott Brash OBE

Borders showjumper to receive MBE from Queen

Peebles showjumper Scott Brash will receive a royal seal of approval as he collects the MBE he was awarded in the New Years Honours List.

The Queen is holding an investiture ceremony at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh this morning.

Scott started riding when he was just seven years old and won team gold in his Olympic debut in 2012.

Mountain rescue team member honoured with MBE

Julian Carradice on his own at Buckingham Palace Credit: Julian Carradice

A member of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team has received an MBE for his services.

Julian Carradice was honoured at Buckingham Palace.

The investiture was held by the Princess Royal, and other recipients included The Right

Honourable The Lord Coe (services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games), Sir Benedict Ainslie (services to Sailing), Katherine Grainger (services to Rowing) and David Weir (services to Athletics).

Mr Carradice said:

"It was a fantastic day. The Princess Royal was very interested in hearing about some of my experiences.

"She did not think I looked old enough to have been involved in mountain rescue for 34 years.

"It was humbling to be recognised at that this level by our Queen."