Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 2nd May - Sunday 6th May, 2018 #MMBHT

Andrew Nicholson

New Zealand
  • 111 - Nereo
  • 14 - Qwanza


British-based New Zealander Andrew Nicholson (55) last competed at Badminton in 2015 (6th Nereo). Due to recuperation from serious injury Andrew missed Badminton last year – a rare occurrence. He recovered well; in September, with Badminton entry Nereo, he was second at Burghley and at the end of the season was number two in the BE rider ranking. He is currently number four in the FEI world rider ranking.

 A six-time Olympian Andrew is based near Marlborough in Wiltshire and has lived in the UK for over thirty years. Considered the most prolific event rider ever, London 2012 was his sixth Olympic appearance (and seventh Olympic selection) where he won team bronze and finished in individual fourth place. In 1992 (Barcelona) he won Olympic team silver and in 1996 (Atlanta) team bronze. He won team gold at the 1990 WEG and in 2010 was a member of the NZ team that won bronze at the WEG in Lexington where he also won his first individual medal – bronze with Nereo. In 2014 with Nereo he was a member of the NZ team at the WEG and finished in 9th place.

He has won Burghley five times, 1995, 2000 and 2012.’13 &’14 (Avebury) and while he holds the record for the most Badminton completions (35) he has yet to win. In 2013 he won the Lexington four-star (Quimbo), the Luhmuhlen four-star (Mr Cruise Control) and was first, second and seventh at Burghley with Avebury, Nereo and Calico Jo respectively.

That year he was the winner of the HSBC Classics series and was British number one for a record 16th time.

In 2014 Andrew Nicholson re-wrote the Burghley history books when he won Burghley for the third successive year and on the same horse – Avebury, who is also the only horse to ever win back-to-back Burghley. In 2015 the combination also added a hat-trick of wins at Barbury Castle to their CV. A month later in August (2015), whilst competing at Gatcombe, Andrew suffered a fall at the final fence after which he was found to have sustained a serious neck injury and was lucky not to have been paralysed. He spent eight hours in surgery. He was back in the saddle in December and began competing again in April 2016 and in June won the CCI3* at Bramham (Jet Set) and in August claimed his fourth consecutive CIC3* victory at Barbury Castle (Nereo).

The third of six children Andrew was brought up on a dairy farm in Kihikihi, North Island. After school Andrew joined his brother who was retraining racehorses and rode for local racehorse trainers. He came to England in 1980 aged 19 and his first job was grooming for Mark Todd and Southern Comfort at Badminton (who then won). Within four-years Andrew had two Badminton horses and was selected for the NZ team at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Andrew is married to Wiggy (nee Channer) and the couple has two children Zach and Lily. He also has two older children from his former marriage.

Nereo, owned by Deborah Sellar, is a 17-year-old Spanish-bred gelding. He was bred by former rider Ramon Beca and is by the thoroughbred Fines out of Berganza by the Hanoverian Golfi. Nereo is a full brother to Oliver Townends ride Armada (and a full brother to Andrew’s former rides Fenicio, Homero and Oplitas). He was acquired as a four-year-old. He is the winner of the 2012 Pau CCI4* has been 3rd at Badminton (2013) and 2nd at Burghley (2011 & 2016), was 4th individually London Olympics 2012. Nereo has over 2700 BE points.

Qwanza, owned by Mark & Rosemary Barlow and rider, is a 14-year-old Spanish-bred, CDE registered mare. Bred by Ana Beca she is by the Holstein Lacros out of Kurda by Helio. Lacros is also the sire of Andrews four-star ride Quimbo, while Kurda is also the dam of Andrews three-star ride Teseo (by Nicole) and two-star ride Urma BK (by Indoctro). She was acquired from the breeder and has been produced by Andrew. She completed her first four-star in Lexington 2012 (7th) and has since twice completed Luhmuhlen four-star – 2017 is her first Badminton.





C.D.E., Spain, 2000
16.3 , chestnut , gelding

Sire Fines

Dam Berganza (Golfi)

Breeder Mr Ramon Beca


CDE, Spain, 2003
16.2hh , bay , mare

Sire Lacros

Dam Kurda 66 (Helio)

Breeder Ana Beca

Owner(s): Mark & Rosemary Barlow, Aylesbury, Bucks.
& Rider

Notable Results

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 2nd Nereo

2016 – Barbury Castle 1st Nereo,

2016 – Luhmuhlen 5th Qwanza, 7th Perfect Stranger

2016 – Bramham CCI3* 1st Jet Set, 7th Teseo

2015 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 1st Avebury, 2nd Nereo, 18th Teseo

2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 22nd Qwanza

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Avebury

2014 – Caen WEG 9th Nereo

2014 – Gatcombe CIC3* 1st Avebury, 7th Nereo

2014 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 1st Avebury

2014 – Lexington CCI4* 21st Avebury

2013 – Pau CCI4* 5th Mr Cruise Control, 26th Quimbo

2013 – Le Lions CH-M-YH-CC1* 2nd Jet Set

2013 – Burghley 2nd Avebury, 3rd Nereo, 8th Calico Jo

2013 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 1st Mr Cruise Control, 6th Rathmoyle King, EL Qwanza

2013 – Lexington CCI4* 1st Quimbo, 3rd Calico Joe

2012 – Pau CCI4* 1st Nereo, 7th Mr Cruise Control

2012 – Boekelo CCI3* 1st Quimbo

2012 – Blenheim CIC3* 1st Quimbo

2012 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Avebury, 13th Calico Joe

2012 – London Olympic Games 4th Nereo, team Bronze

2012 – Lexington CCI4* 7th Qwanza, Ret Calico Joe

2011 – Pau CCI4* 2nd Mr Cruise Control & 23rd Armada

2011 – Burghley CCI4* 2nd Nereo & 8th Avebury

2011 – Gatcombe British Open 1st Nereo, 2nd Avebury, 11th Qwanza

2011 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 10th Armada, 14th Mr Cruise Control

2010 – Pau CCI4* 9th Mr Cruise Control

2010 – Burghley CCI4* 14th, Armada

2010 – Burghley CCI4* 22nd, Avebury

2010 – Lexington WEG 3rd, Aachen CICO*** 1st Nereo

2009 – Pau CCI4* 13th; (Armada)

2008 – Burghley CCI4* 8th; (Armada)

2008 – Hong Kong OG Elim Lord Killinghurst

2004 – Athens OG 61st

2000 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Mr Smiffy

1996 – Atlanta OG team bronze

1995 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Buckley Province

1992 – Barcelona OG 16th Spinning Rhombus; team silver

1990 – WEG team gold

1984 – Los Angeles OG 28th Kahlua

Recent Badminton results

2015 – Badminton 6th Nereo, 22nd Calico Joe

2014 – Ret Quimbo, El Nereo

2013 – Badminton CCI4* 3rd Nereo, 11th Avebury

2011 – 10th Avebury & 12th Nereo

2010 –11th Nereo, 27th Avebury

2009 – 23rd Armada

2007 – 5th (Lord Killinghurst) 8th (Henry Tankerville)

2005 – 4th (Lord Killinghurst)

2004 – 2nd (Lord Killinghurst)