British-based New Zealander Andrew Nicholson (56) is the current holder of the Mitsubishi Motors trophy having (finally) won his first Badminton in 2017 – his 37th completion of the event. He is currently 5th in the FEI World rider rankings
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 holds the record for the most Badminton completions (37). 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. He spent eight hours in surgery but recuperated and recovered well; 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) and in September was second at Burghley (Nereo) and at the end of the season was number two in the BE rider ranking.
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 an 18-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 former 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* and the winner of Badminton 2017. He has also been 3rd at Badminton (2013) and 2nd at Burghley (2011 & 2016) and was 3rd at the 2010 WEG and 4th individually London Olympics 2012. Nereo has over 3,000 BE points.
Jet Set is an 11-year-old Spanish-bred gelding. He is by the Selle Francais showjumper Nordico who stood in Spain, out of Carina. He has been produced through the grades by Andrew. He has been produced through the grades by Andrew and the pair won Bramham CCI3* in 2016 but have not completed a four-star.
16.3hh , chestnut , gelding
Dam Berganza (Golfi)
Breeder Mr Ramon Beca
Owner(s): Deborah Sellar, London
16.2hh , bay , mare
Dam Kurda 66 (Helio)
Breeder Ana Beca
Mark & Rosemary Barlow, Aylesbury, Bucks.