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WILSON Nicola
Sport Eventing
NOC Great Britain   
GenderFemale
Born01 Oct 1976 in Darlington, ENG
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Northallerton, ENG
Higher education Business Management, Sport Management - University of Manchester: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She was given her first pony at age three, and began competing at the Hurworth Pony Club branch in Thirsk, England.
Further Personal Information
Other names Nicola Tweddle
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English
Last Update
  26 Apr 2022
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Nicola Wilson Equestrian: Northallerton, ENG
General Interest
Other information SPINAL INJURY
In May 2022 she suffered a spinal cord injury after a fall competing at the Badminton Horse Trials in England. In September 2022 she returned home after spending four-and-a-half months recovering in hospital. Her injury affected the mobility of her arms, hands, and legs, and she has had to re-learn some necessary movement functions. "I'm so, so grateful to medical team at Badminton, who saved my life. I'm so indebted to you for doing that and for putting me in the position where I am now. There is a lot more rehab and work to be done, but I'm so delighted to have phase one completed and behind me." (Facebook page, 29 Nov 2022; eventingnation.com, 16 Sep 2022)

STABLES
She runs Nicola Wilson Equestrian in Northallerton, England. (Facebook page, 18 Apr 2022)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In January 2014 she became a patron of the Riding for the Disabled Association [RDA] Unicorn Centre in Hemlington, England. She has also worked as an ambassador for Saddle Up, a campaign for spinal research. (nicolawilsoneventing.co.uk, 30 Mar 2016)
Injuries In May 2022 she suffered a spinal cord injury after a fall competing at the Badminton Horse Trials in England. She returned home in September 2022 after four-and-a-half months in hospital. (eventingnation.com, 16 Sep 2022)

In June 2019 she fractured four vertebrae in her back after a fall from her horse in Arville, Belgium. She needed six months of recovery. (horseandhound.co.uk, 23 Sep 2021, 28 Jun 2019; fei.org, 23 Sep 2021)

She suffered a knee injury in a fall from her horse in 2018. (horseandhound.co.uk, 01 Aug 2018; eventingnation.com, 09 Jul 2018)

In February 2015 she broke her collarbone during a competition in Port Royal, England. (thenorthernecho.co.uk, 12 Aug 2015)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? "I have always ridden and been passionate about horses. I did all the usual Pony Club competitions and really enjoyed cross-country so the eventing really developed from there."
General Interest
Famous relatives Her mother Mary Tweddle served as a field master of the Bedale Hunt in England for eight years. (badminton-horse.co.uk, 2017; yorkshirepost.co.uk, 07 Mar 2008)
Awards and honours In November 2022 she was presented with the Horse Dialog Inspiration of the Year Award at the Horse & Hound Awards Dinner. (Facebook page, 01 Dec 2022)

She was named the 2017 Leading Rider of the Year by the British Equestrian Writers' Association. (nicolawilsoneventing.co.uk, 22 Dec 2017)

She received the 2017 Professional Rider of the Year award from British equestrian magazine Horse & Hound. (nicolawilsoneventing.co.uk, 14 Nov 2017)
Most influential person in career Coach Christopher Bartle, British rider Lucinda Green. (localrider.co.uk, 11 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Ride the waves, enjoying the highs and learning from the lows. Always be prepared to dig deep and appreciate everyone who does so much to help you achieve. Aim high, be realistic, and work hard." (localrider.co.uk, 11 Sep 2018)
Milestones Alongside British teammates Kitty King, Rosalind Canter and Piggy March, she was part of the first all-female eventing team to win gold at the European championships when they triumphed at the 2021 edition of the tournament in Avenches, Switzerland. (fei.org, 26 Sep 2021)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) OPPOSITION BUZZ 28 2
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) OPPOSITION BUZZ 15 1
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2011 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) ANNIE CLOVER 5  
2011 CH-EU-C3* Luhmühlen (GER) OPPOSITION BUZZ 16 3
2010 CH-M-YH-CCI1* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) ANNIE CLOVER 2  
2010 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) INDE 23  
2009 CH-EU-C3* Fontainebleau (FRA) OPPOSITION BUZZ 9 1
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) OPPOSITION BUZZ 11  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) OPPOSITION BUZZ 30  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) OPPOSITION BUZZ EL  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) OPPOSITION BUZZ 7  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) BEE DIPLOMATIC 18  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) BEE DIPLOMATIC RET  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) OPPOSITION BUZZ 8  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) OPPOSITION BUZZ 11  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) MASTER BANKS 30  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) OINGY BOINGY EL  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) OPPOSITION BUZZ 5  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) OPPOSITION BUZZ 7  
2007 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) OPPOSITION BUZZ 15  
2007 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) OPPOSITION BUZZ 16  
2005 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER) SKIVER 9  
2005 CCI4*-SC Badminton (GBR) SKIVER RET  
2005 CCI4*-SC Burghley (GBR) SKIVER WD  
2005 CCI4*-SC Burghley (GBR) HIGHLAND LOCH II WD  
2004 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) SKIVER 20  
2003 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) SKIVER 27  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
26.06.2014 to 29.06.2014 CIC2* Hopetoun (GBR)   KILTEALY BRIEF 1  
26.06.2014 to 29.06.2014 CIC3* Hopetoun (GBR)   OPPOSITION BUZZ 1  
26.06.2014 to 29.06.2014 CIC2* Hopetoun (GBR)   BELTANE QUEEN 3  
26.06.2014 to 29.06.2014 CCI2* Hopetoun (GBR)   HERO MOTIVATOR 6  
26.06.2014 to 29.06.2014 CIC3* Hopetoun (GBR)   NGONG HILLS 16  
05.06.2014 to 08.06.2014 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   ANNIE CLOVER 4  
05.06.2014 to 08.06.2014 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   ONE TWO MANY EL  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CCI3* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   WATERMILL VISION 22  
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CICO3*-NC Houghton Hall (GBR)   NGONG HILLS 42  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   WATERMILL VISION 29  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   ONE TWO MANY WD  
16.05.2014 to 16.05.2014 CIC1* Floors Castle (GBR)   DARTANS GREENLOUGH TOM WD  
16.05.2014 to 16.05.2014 CIC1* Floors Castle (GBR)   SPOT ON JEEVES WD  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   ANNIE CLOVER WD  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   BELTANE QUEEN WD  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   BELTANE QUEEN 2  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   ONE TWO MANY 4  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   WATERMILL VISION 11  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   ANNIE CLOVER WD  
04.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   ANNIE CLOVER 7  
19.03.2014 to 23.03.2014 CICO3*-NC Fontainebleau (FRA)   ONE TWO MANY 19  
19.03.2014 to 23.03.2014 CICO3*-NC Fontainebleau (FRA)   BELTANE QUEEN 23  
10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCIO3* Boekelo (NED)   ANNIE CLOVER 10  
10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCIO3* Boekelo (NED)   WATERMILL VISION 59  
03.10.2013 to 06.10.2013 CCI2* Osberton (GBR)   NGONG HILLS 4  
03.10.2013 to 06.10.2013 CCI1* Osberton (GBR)   HERO MOTIVATOR 8  
28.09.2013 to 29.09.2013 CIC1* Aske, Richmond (GBR)   NIGHT PORTER 7  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CCI3* Blenheim (GBR)   BELTANE QUEEN 15  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   OPPOSITION BUZZ 10  
22.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC3* Blair Castle (GBR)   OPPOSITION BUZZ 3  
22.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC3* Blair Castle (GBR)   ANNIE CLOVER 6  
22.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CCI1* Blair Castle (GBR)   HERO MOTIVATOR 16  
22.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC3* Blair Castle (GBR)   BELTANE QUEEN EL  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CCI2* Hartpury (GBR)   NGONG HILLS 7  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   WATERMILL VISION 19  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   ANNIE CLOVER 49  
02.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CIC3* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   BELTANE QUEEN 23  
27.07.2013 to 28.07.2013 CIC3* Hopetoun (GBR)   WATERMILL VISION 10  
27.07.2013 to 28.07.2013 CIC2* Hopetoun (GBR)   NGONG HILLS 13  
13.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER)   OPPOSITION BUZZ EL  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   ANNIE CLOVER 5  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   BELTANE QUEEN 8  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   BELTANE QUEEN 4  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   ANNIE CLOVER 32  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   OPPOSITION BUZZ 30  
20.04.2013 to 22.04.2013 CIC2* Ballindenisk (IRL)   WATERMILL VISION 2  
20.04.2013 to 22.04.2013 CIC3* Ballindenisk (IRL)   BELTANE QUEEN 5  
20.04.2013 to 22.04.2013 CIC3* Ballindenisk (IRL)   ANNIE CLOVER 17  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   ANNIE CLOVER 11  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   OPPOSITION BUZZ 13  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   BELTANE QUEEN 17  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC2* Burnham Market (GBR)   WATERMILL VISION EL  
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   OPPOSITION BUZZ   2
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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