Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

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Andrew Nicholson

New Zealand

Biography

New Zealand six-time Olympian Andrew Nicholson (54) is based near Marlborough in Wiltshire and has lived in the UK for over thirty years. In 2014 with Badminton entry Nereo he was a member of the NZ team at the WEG and finished in 9th place. The same year, with Avebury – who was retired from competition in April – he won Burghley for a record third successive time and won the British National Championship at Gatcombe.

Last August (2015), whilst competing at Gatcombe, he 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.

In 2013 Andrew was the winner of the HSBC Classics series and was British number one for a record 16th time. He finished the 2015 season as number two in the BE rider rankings.

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. 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.

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 16-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 Badminton entries Armada (Oliver Townend) and Oplitas (Giovanni Uglotti) as well as Andrew’s former rides Fenicio and Homero. 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), was 4th individually London Olympics 2012. Nereo has over 2500 BE points.

 

Horses

Notable Results

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

2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 22nd Qwanza

2015 – Bramham CCi3* 8th Perfect Stranger, 13th King Joules

2015 – Tattersalls CCI3* 3rd Jet Set

2014 – Blenheim CIC3* 2nd Cillnabradden Evo

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 – Gatcombe CIC3* 6th, Avebury, Ret Nereo, Ret Viscount George

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

2013 – Chatsworth 1st Mr Cruise Control, 1st Viscount George

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 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 1st Avebury, 2nd Quimbo

2012 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 4th Calico Joe, 21st Shady Grey, 26th Mr Cruise Control

2012 – Bramham CCI3* 11th Tristar

2012 – Saumur CCI3* 3rd Viscount George, 9th Quimbo

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 – Blair Castle CCI3* 1st Calico Jo, 4th Shady Grey, 23rd Armada

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

2011 – Hartpury CIC3* 1st Mr Cruise Control

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

2011 – Bramham CCI3* 3rd Armada

2011 – Saumur CCI3* 4th Qwanza, 10th Shady Grey

2010 – Pau CCI4* 9th Mr Cruise Control

2010 – Burghley CCI4* 14th, Barbury Castle CIC*** 3rd, Luhmuhlen CCI**** 10th Armada

2010 – Burghley CCI4* 22nd, Hartpury CIC*** 2nd, Avebury

2010 – Lexington WEG 3rd, Hartpury CIC*** 4th, Aachen CICO*** 1st Nereo

2009 – Gatcombe CCI3*W 9th; Bramham CCI3*1st; Barbury Castle CIC3* 2nd (Nereo)

2009 – Pau CCI4* 13th; Burghley CCI4* 21st; Barbury Castle CIC3* 7th (Armada)

2009 – Saumur CCI3* 1st; Aachen CCI3* 7th; Blenheim CIC3* 8/9 2nd (Avebury)

2008 – Burghley CCI4* 8th; Bramham CCI3* 3rd (Armada)

2008 – Saumur CCI3* 4th Nereo

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 – 6th Nereo, 22nd Calico Jo

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)