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Brash not included in Sports Personality of the Year

Scott Brash Credit: Scott Brash

Peebles show-jumper Scott Brash has missed out on a place in the finals of this year's Sports Personality of the Year.

British Showjumping has hit out at the BBC for failing to shortlist the 29-year-old for the overall prize.

Brash has been world number one for the past 25 months and earlier this year he became the first rider ever to win the Rolex Grand Slam.

A social-media campaign set-up to award the show-jumper with the SPOTY title has received almost 20,000 likes.

The BBC say that their panel considered all nominations.

"A great many athletes are considered and debated by the panel.

"The independent, expert panel considered everyone and drew up the shortlist of 12 candidates through consensus agreement."

– BBC Spokesperson

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Praise flooding in for Peebles showjumper

Scott Brash. Credit: Scott Brash

Scottish Borders Council has praised the achievements of Scott Brash, the Peebles showjumper:

Scott’s latest Grand Prix success is an amazing achievement, and he goes from one outstanding performance to another. He has been winning constantly since his Olympic gold medal success, and it is fantastic that he has been world number one since November 2013.

We are extremely proud of Scott and his Borders background and I know he is an absolute hero and inspiration to young riders here in the Borders, and in fact around the world.”

– Councillor Vicky Davidson, Scottish Borders Council

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Peebles Showjumper ranked world number one

Scott Brash jumping earlier this year at the FEI European Championships Credit: Jochen LÃŒbke/DPA/Press Association Images

Peebles Showjumper Scott Brash MBE has jumped to the top spot on the Longines World Ranking list.

The 28-year-old was a member of the gold medal winning GB Showjumping Team at the 2012 Olympics.

His most recent victory was at the Global Champions Tour series in Doha.