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."
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