It will be a first Badminton for British rider Nicky Hill (27) who is based near Droitwich in Worcestershire. With Badminton entry Bingo Boy Nicky completed her first four-star at Pau last October.
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 last year completed their first four-star at Pau with a top 20 place.
Nicky enjoys skiing and climbing
MGH Bingo Boy is an Irish-bred 11-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; ‘He regularly refuses to be caught and jumps fences even electric tape to get away until he wins and gets a bucket of food. He will however do anything for his rider’.
MGH Bingo Boy
16.0hh , bay , gelding