British Olympic rider Nicola Wilson (42), who is based near Northallerton in North Yorkshire, last competed at Badminton in 2017. With Badminton entry Bulana she led the British team to European gold in Strzegom 2017and won the individual bronze medal. The pair was second at Luhmuhlen four-star in 2017.
Nicola first competed at Badminton in 1999 and is a long-standing member of British teams. In 2015, with One Two Many she was a member team that won silver at the European Championships at Blair Castle. In 2014 she ran as an individual at the WEG in Caen (Annie Clover) and in 2012 was a member of the silver medal team at the London Olympic Games (Opposition Buzz).
Nicola started competing with the Hurworth Pony Club and began eventing in her teens. In 1997 she was selected as an individual, for the British European Young Rider Squad on Mr Bumble, a horse that Nicola’s mother bought as a four-year-old when Nicola was 13. Nicola combined riding and competing with University studies gaining a degree in Sport and Business Management and was able to contest her first four-star at Burghley in 1998 coming 10th with Mr Bumble.
Nicola then enjoyed success to four-star level with Skiver with who she was selected as reserve for the 2005 Senior British team for the European Championships at Blenheim.
In 2009 Nicola gained her first British Senior team place, winning team gold at the European Championships with British-bred Opposition Buzz. The pair was pathfinder for the British team at four consecutive championships (2009-2012), helping Team GBR to win two golds, one silver and one bronze medal.
Nicola has always enjoyed hunting and has been a keen member of the Bedale Hunt, along with her husband Alastair, brother, sister and Mother Mary who was a Master for eight seasons.
Nicola trains with Christopher Bartle and Ian Woodhead
Bulana (aka Berry) is a 13-year-old Dutch-bred KWPN registered mare. Bred by Sietse van Dellen at his stud, Eloma Hoeve, she is by the stud’s stallion Tygo – a son of the jumping sire Numero Uno. She is one of 10 offspring for the mare Sulana by Furore (Ahorn-Lucky Boy xx), another of the studs stallions and like Tygo also bred for jumping.In 2011 Bulana was the highest placed mare in the five year old final of the BYEH and was then produced to two-star by New Zealander Lizze Brown – the pair represented NZ in the 2013 World Young Horse championships at Le Lions. Bulana was acquired for Nicola in 2014 and the pair was second in the two-star at Pau. Bulana is described as ‘fiesty on the competition field but a poppet to look after’.
One Two Many
16.2hh , bay , gelding
Dam Cul Na Breather (Colin Diamond)
Gerry & Mary Kemp, Alne, York.
Janine Shewan, Alne, York.