British rider Nicky Hill (30) who is based near Droitwich in Worcestershire competed at her first Badminton in 2019 gaining her first completion (18th) with Bingo Boy – her entry this year also. The pair also completed Burghley (27th) later that year.
Nicky comes from a non-horsey background but was determined to ride and began lessons at the age of four. She acquired her first pony on loan at the age of 12 and at the age of 18, in 2010, bought her first horse Thomas Wombat, formerly ridden by Louise Harwood (then Skelton) to two-star level, and began eventing.
After leaving school Nicky undertook a degree in biology and sport science at the University of Worcester combing her studies with riding. She now runs her own yard. Bingo Boy was acquired in 2016 and the pair was 4th in their first CIC2* at Rockingham – just their fourth competition together. At the end of that year they completed the 8/9year-old class at Blenheim and were 14th in the CCI2* at Osberton.
The following year (2017) the pair was selected to represent team GB in the CIC2* European championship in Belgium where they finished 9th and won team silver. That year Nicky was third in the Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship and finished 2017 completing their first CCI3* at Blenheim and in 2018 completed their first four-star at Pau with a top 20 place.
Nicky enjoys skiing in the winter and climbing in the summer. She trains with Richard Waygood and Karen Nicholas-Eacock.
MGH Bingo Boy owned by Andy Hill and rider, is an Irish-bred 14-year-old gelding. Sadly his breeding has not been recorded. He was imported into the UK by Padraig McCarthy and was competed to intermediate by Megan Cummings and was then acquired by Nicky when a seven-year-old. She says, ‘Bing is a massive character – if there’s trouble on the yard you can guarantee it’s down to him’.
MGH Bingo Boy
16.0hh , bay , gelding