Nicola Wilson

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Nicola Wilson

Great Britain
  • 21 - Annie Clover


Nicola Wilson


British Olympic rider and current European Champion Nicola Wilson (45), who is based near Northallerton in North Yorkshire, last competed at Badminton in 2019. In 2021 with Badminton entry JL Dublin Nicola won individual and team European gold medals in Avenches, Switzerland. Nicola is currently ranked 10th in the FEI World Ranking.

Nicola who first competed at Badminton in 1999 is a long-standing member of British teams. She 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 – including the team silver medal at the London Olympic Games. In 2014 she ran as an individual at the WEG in Caen (Annie Clover) and in 2015, with One Two Many she was a member of the team that won silver at the European Championships at Blair Castle. In 2017 with Bulana she led the British team to European gold in Strzegom and won the individual 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, Ian Woodhead and Peter Murphy.

JL Dublin owned by Mr and James Lambert and Mrs Deirdre Johnston is a German-bred, Holstein registered, 11-year-old gelding. He is by the leading sire Diarado sire of many jumping horses and eventers including Dacapo (Laura Collett) and Diachello (Jesse Campbell). He was purchased by his current owners at the Holsteiner sales as a 4-year-old and Nicola has produced him since. In 2021 he was the winner of the 4* classes at Bicton and Hartpury and went onto win the European Championships in Avenches.

Erano M owned by Nicola’s long-standing owner Lady Milnes-Coates, is a Dutch-bred, KWPN registered 13-year-old gelding. He is by the Holstein sire Canturano out of a mare by Flemmingh. He was acquired as a 6-year-old from Mark Kyle who competed him as a 5-year-old. In 2021 he was 5th in the CCI4* at Blair Castle. Badminton will be his first at the level.




Annie Clover

ISH, Ireland, 2004
16.1hh , dark brown , mare

Sire Newmarket Venture

Dam Kilderry Clover (Clover Hill)

Breeder James Bradley

Owner(s): Barry & Mary Tweddle, Morton on Swale, N. Yorks.

Notable Results

2021 – Blair Castle CCI4*L 5th Erano-M

2021 – Avenches CH-EU-CCI4*L 1st JL Dublin

2021 – Hartpury CCI4*S 1st JL Dublin

2021 – Bicton CCI4*L 1st JL Dublin, 21st Erano M

2021 – Aston Le Walls CCI4* S 19th Erano-M

2018 – Le Lions D’Angers CH-M-YH-CCI2* 5th JL Dublin

2017 – Strzegom CH-EU-CCI3* 3rd Bulana

2016 – Blair Castle CCI3* 1st Annie Clover

2015 – Boekelo CCIO3* 1st Bulana

2015 – CH-EU-CCI3* 27th One Two Many (team silver)

2015 – Burghley CCI4* El Annie Clover

2015 – Lexington CIC4* 8th Annie Clover, 26th Watermill Vision

2014 – Pau CCI4* 8th One Two Many

2014 – Caen WEG 25th Annie Clover

2013 – Burghley CCI4* 11th Opposition Buzz

2012 – London OG 28th Opposition Buzz (team silver)

2011 – Luhmuhlen CH-EU-C3* 16th Opposition Buzz

2010 – WEG Lexington 15th Opposition Buzz (team gold)

2009 – Burghley CCI4* 30th Master Banks

2009 – Blair Castle CCI3* 1st Opposition Buzz

2009 – Lexington CCI4* 11th Opposition Buzz

2008 – Burghley CCI4* 5th Opposition Buzz

2007 – Burghley CCI4* 15th Opposition Buzz

1998 – Burghley CCI4* 10th Mr Bumble


2019 – 21st Bulana

2017 – ret Annie Clover

2016 – Ret One Two Many

2015 – Badminton 7th One Two Many, 19th Beltane Queen

2014 – W/D before SJ Beltane Queen, W/D after dressage Annie Clover

2013 – 30th Opposition Buzz

2011 – 7th Opposition Buzz, RET Bee Diplomatic

2010 – 8th Opposition Buzz

2008 – 7th Opposition Buzz

2007 – 16th Opposition Buzz

2003 – 27th Skiver

2000 – 23rd Mr Bumble

1999 – 29th Mr Bumble