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SKELTON Nick
Sport Jumping
NOC Great Britain   
GenderMale
Born30 Dec 1957 in Bedworth, ENG
Height1.78 m
Weight 69 kg
Human Interest
Last Update
  14 Dec 2017
Further Personal Information
Occupation Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age 18 months on a pony called Oxo, and jumped his first fence at age three.
Why this sport? His mother rode for pleasure and his father was in the veterinary corps so he was always around horses. His parents encouraged him to ride, and he enjoyed it so much that he would miss school without their knowledge to ride his ponies.
General Interest
Nicknames Skelly (horseware.com, 17 May 2012)
Hobbies Horseracing with his sons. (nickskelton.co.uk, 19 Dec 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the individual gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, his seventh Olympic Games. (olympiahorseshow.com, 15 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career Showjumping trainers Ted and Liz Edgar. (telegraph.co.uk, 06 Aug 2012)
Hero / Idol British showjumpers David Broome and John Whitaker. (uk.sports.yahoo.com, 27 Sep 2016; nickskelton.com, 02 Oct 2015)
Injuries He had a hip replacement in 2011 and has also had two operations on his knees and one on his shoulder. "I needed a hip replaced because I was having trouble walking. It healed after a few months, but as soon as I was healthy again I had an operation on my shoulder. It meant I was out for about seven months in total. My hip is ceramic and has a 45-year lifespan, so hopefully it'll see me out. I don't really think about it now. I only notice when I have to get on to the horse with a pair of steps instead of jumping on like I used to." (bbc.co.uk, 14 Dec 2016; telegraph.co.uk, 28 Aug 2016)

He missed the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney after breaking the C1 vertebra in his neck in two places in a fall at the Park Gate horse show in Cheshire, England. A ligament also snapped and tore away a piece of his spine. He had to spend months in a metal neck brace as a result. He was also advised by surgeons to give up riding or risk a fatal injury. He retired from the sport in 2001 but was told by a German specialist the following year that the bones in his neck had healed beyond expectations. He returned to the saddle in April 2002. "The movement in my neck came back over time, though it probably took 10 years for it to get fully mobile. I still don't move like a normal person and if I hit my head, it gives my neck a jolt, but I've been lucky." (telegraph.co.uk, 28 Aug 2016, 06 Aug 2012; nickskelton.com, 26 May 2008; horseandhound.co.uk, 24 Jun 2004)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Don't give up." (horseware.com, 17 May 2012)
Awards and honours He was named Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [CBE] in 2017. (horseandhound.co.uk, 30 Dec 2016)

He was presented with the 2016 Moment of the Year award by the British Equestrian Writers Association [BEWA]. (Twitter profile, 15 Dec 2016)

He won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Horse & Hound Ball. (britishshowjumping.co.uk, 04 Nov 2016)

He was named the 2016 Athlete of the Year by the International Equestrian Federation [FEI]. (bbc.co.uk, 23 Nov 2016)

He received the British Show Jumping Association [BSJA] Rider's Rider of the Year and Leading Rider of the Year awards for 2005 and 2016. (yourhorse.co.uk, 05 Oct 2016; horseandhound.co.uk, 02 Jan 2006)

He was named Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [OBE] in 2012. (horseandhound.co.uk, 30 Dec 2014)

He and Big Star were named the FEI Best Rider and Horse combination in 2012. It was his fourth win, having claimed the title once with Arko III and twice with Carlo. (horseandhound.co.uk, 26 Jan 2013)
Famous relatives His partner Laura Kraut has represented the United States of America in equestrian jumping. She won a team gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. His sons are both involved in horseracing. Daniel is a racehorse trainer and Harry is a jockey. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Feb 2015; noellefloyd.com, 14 Jan 2015; dailymail.co.uk, 09 Nov 2013)
Other information RETIREMENT
In 2017 he retired from competitive equestrian sport after making his final appearance at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in England. "This sport has given me more than I could have ever hoped. It is such a difficult decision to make, but I'm not getting any younger and it is nice for the two of us [with his horse Big Star] to end on the highest note possible." (fei.org, 15 May 2017; bbc.co.uk, 05 Apr 2017)

HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT
His gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro made him Britain's oldest individual Olympic champion for more than 100 years. "I don't mind people reminding me how old I am. I'm just very honoured to win at that age. It's something you've spent all your life trying to achieve and then you finally get it." (theguardian.com, 14 Dec 2016; bbc.co.uk, 14 Dec 2016)

STABLES
He and his partner Laura Kraut split their time between facilities in Wellington, FL, United States of America, and Alcester, England. (noellefloyd.com, 28 Feb 2017; helpsmediagroup.com, 15 Jan 2015; andrewsbowen.co.uk, 14 Nov 2014)

PERFECT GIFT
He is a fan of the British television series 'Only Fools and Horses'. For Christmas in 2014, his sons Daniel and Harry presented him with a vintage Robin Reliant three-wheel car like the one featured in the show. "It's all I watch on TV. I think I could repeat every word. I took her for a drive on Christmas day and everybody was flashing their lights and hooting their horns at me." (horseandhound.co.uk, 15 Jan 2015)

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
In 2000 he wrote a book called 'Only Falls and Horses' about his life and riding. It sold out again after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I'm thinking of doing an update." (theguardian.com, 14 Dec 2016; telegraph.co.uk, 06 Aug 2012)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-S London (GBR) BIG STAR 5 1
2008 OG-S Hong Kong (CHN) RUSSEL 28 5
2004 OG-S Athens (GRE) ARKO III 10  
1996 OG-S Atlanta GA (USA) Show Time 23 11
1992 OG-S Barcelona (ESP) Dollar Girl 70 7
1988 OG-S Seoul (KOR) Apollo 7 6
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2006 5th WEG Aachen (GER) RUSSEL 30 9
1998 3rd WEG Rome (ITA) Hopes are High 26 3
1994 2nd WEG Den Haag (NED) Everest Dollar Girl 22 6
1990 1st WEG Stockholm (SWE) Grand Slam 20 3
1986 CH-M-S Aachen (GER) Raffles Apollo 3 2
1982 CH-M-S Dublin (IRL) Ev. If Ever 48 3
1980 CH-M-S Rotterdam (NED) Maybe 25 2
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2011 CH-EU Madrid (ESP) CARLO 273 3 3
2003 CH-EU Donaueschingen (GER) ARKO III 26 9
1999 CH-EU Hickstead (GBR) Hopes are High 24 4
1995 CH-EU St Gallen (SUI) Everest Dollar Girl   2
1993 CH-EU Gijon (ESP) Dollar Girl 18 8
1991 CH-EU La Baule (FRA) Phoenix Park 17 2
1989 CH-EU Rotterdam (NED) Apollo 18 1
1987 CH-EU St Gallen (SUI) Apollo 3 1
1985 CH-EU Dinard (FRA) St. James 4 1
1975 CH-EU-J Dornbirn (AUT) Everest OK 1 2
World Cup Final
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2005 CSI-W Final Las Vegas NV (USA) ARKO III 22  
1996 CSI-W Final Geneva (SUI) Dollar Girl 3  
1995 CSI-W Final Göteborg (SWE) Everest Dollar Girl 1  
1994 CSI-W Final 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) EVEREST LIMITED EDITION 9  
1993 CSI-W Final Göteborg (SWE) EVEREST MAJOR WAGER 28  
1991 CSI-W Final Göteborg (SWE) A. Paul Grand Slam 41  
1990 CSI-W Final Dortmund (GER) Burmah Grand Slam 6  
1988 CSI-W Final Göteborg (SWE) J. Nick 26  
1986 CSI-W Final Göteborg (SWE) Raff. St. James 28  
1985 CSI-W Final Berlin (GER) Everest St. James 2  
1984 CSI-W Final Göteborg (SWE) St. James 7  
1983 CSI-W Final Wien (AUT) Everest If Ever 16  
1979 CSI-W Final Göteborg (SWE) Lastic 7  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
24.07.2014 to 27.07.2014 CSI2* Chantilly (FRA) Table A ARISTIO 8  
24.07.2014 to 27.07.2014 CSI2* Chantilly (FRA) Two Phases CAROLINA 31 27  
24.07.2014 to 27.07.2014 CSI2* Chantilly (FRA) Table A CAROLINA 31 33  
24.07.2014 to 27.07.2014 CSI2* Chantilly (FRA) Two Phases CAROLINA 31 57  
24.07.2014 to 27.07.2014 CSI2* Chantilly (FRA) Table A ARISTIO RET  
24.07.2014 to 27.07.2014 CSI2* Chantilly (FRA) Grand Prix Table A ARISTIO RET  
16.07.2014 to 20.07.2014 CSI3* Megeve (FRA) Table A CAROLINA 31 19  
16.07.2014 to 20.07.2014 CSI3* Megeve (FRA) Table A REVE DE BACON 31  
16.07.2014 to 20.07.2014 CSI3* Megeve (FRA) Table A ARISTIO 38  
16.07.2014 to 20.07.2014 CSI3* Megeve (FRA) Table A CAROLINA 31 40  
16.07.2014 to 20.07.2014 CSI3* Megeve (FRA) Table A ARISTIO 53  
16.07.2014 to 20.07.2014 CSI3* Megeve (FRA) Two Phases REVE DE BACON 54  
16.07.2014 to 20.07.2014 CSI3* Megeve (FRA) Table C CAROLINA 31 58  
10.07.2014 to 12.07.2014 CSI5* Cascais, Estoril (POR) Two Rounds BIG STAR 3  
10.07.2014 to 12.07.2014 CSI5* Cascais, Estoril (POR) Table A BIG STAR 24  
04.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CSI3* Wettenhall (GBR) Accumulator CAROLINA 31 7  
04.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CSI3* Wettenhall (GBR) Two Phases CAROLINA 31 15  
04.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CSI3* Wettenhall (GBR) Table A ARISTIO 38  
04.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CSI3* Wettenhall (GBR) Table A ARISTIO 61  
19.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CSI4* Fontainebleau (FRA) 2 - Grand Prix du Conseil Général BIG STAR 4  
19.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CSI4* Fontainebleau (FRA) 1 - Prix Catherine de Buyl ARISTIO 6  
19.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CSI4* Fontainebleau (FRA) 8 - Prix Just 4 Sport CAROLINA 31 14  
19.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CSI4* Fontainebleau (FRA) 9 - Grand Prix Tropicana BIG STAR 14  
19.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CSI4* Fontainebleau (FRA) 3 - Prix Hôtel Napoleon CAROLINA 31 16  
19.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CSI4* Fontainebleau (FRA) 6 - Prix Charles de Cazanove CAROLINA 31 16  
19.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CSI4* Fontainebleau (FRA) 7 - Petit Grand Prix Generali ARISTIO 19  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CSI3* Harthill (GBR) Class 44 - CSI 3* ARISTIO 2  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CSI3* Harthill (GBR) Class 15 - CSI 3* ARISTIO 2  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CSI3* Harthill (GBR) Class 30 - CSI 3* BUKATO 3  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CSI3* Harthill (GBR) Class 28 - CSI 3* CAROLINA 31 12  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CSI3* Harthill (GBR) Class 3 - CSI 3* BUKATO 13  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CSI3* Harthill (GBR) Class 16 - CSI 3* BUKATO 16  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CSI3* Harthill (GBR) Class 1 - CSI 3* CAROLINA 31 17  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CSI3* Harthill (GBR) Class 14 - CSI 3* CAROLINA 31 21  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CSI3* Harthill (GBR) Class 43 - CSI 3* CAROLINA 31 31  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CSI3* Harthill (GBR) Class 2 - CSI 3* ARISTIO 46  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CSI5* Hamburg (GER) Accumulator ARISTIO 9  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CSI5* Hamburg (GER) Grand Prix Two Rounds BIG STAR 19  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CSI5* Hamburg (GER) Table A ARISTIO 22  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CSI5* Hamburg (GER) Two Phases BIG STAR 28  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CSIYH1* Hamburg (GER) Table A CAROLINA 31 30  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CSIYH1* Hamburg (GER) Table A CAROLINA 31 55  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CSI5* Hamburg (GER) Table A BIG STAR 69  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CSI5* Hamburg (GER) Table A ARISTIO 88  
14.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CSI3* Windsor (GBR) Table A ARISTIO 5  
14.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CSI3* Windsor (GBR) Table A BIG STAR 9  
14.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CSI3* Windsor (GBR) Table A ARISTIO 10  
14.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CSI3* Windsor (GBR) Puissance BUKATO 11  
14.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CSI3* Windsor (GBR) Table A BIG STAR 12  
14.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CSI3* Windsor (GBR) Winning Round BIG STAR 14  
14.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CSI3* Windsor (GBR) Two Phases BUKATO 23  
14.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CSI3* Windsor (GBR) Table C BUKATO 25  
09.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CSI3* Beijing Bird's Nest (CHN) Table A QUENTINO 11 2  
09.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CSI3* Beijing Bird's Nest (CHN) Table A QUENTINO 11 9  
24.04.2014 to 27.04.2014 CSI4* Antwerpen (BEL) Table A ARISTIO 14  
24.04.2014 to 27.04.2014 CSI4* Antwerpen (BEL) Table C ARISTIO 27  
24.04.2014 to 27.04.2014 CSI4* Antwerpen (BEL) Grand Prix Two Rounds HERACROSS 36  
24.04.2014 to 27.04.2014 CSI4* Antwerpen (BEL) Table A HERACROSS 37  
09.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CSI3* Birmingham (GBR) GRANDSTAND WELCOME STAKES ZERO 1  
09.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CSI3* Birmingham (GBR) DICK TURPIN STAKES ZERO 5  
09.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CSI3* Birmingham (GBR) SKY SPORTS TROPHY HERACROSS 14  
09.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CSI3* Birmingham (GBR) LEADING SHOW JUMPER OF THE YEAR HERACROSS 18  
09.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CSI3* Birmingham (GBR) ZINC MANAGEMENT TROPHY HERACROSS 24  
09.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CSI3* Birmingham (GBR) THE ACCUMULATOR ZERO 28  
19.09.2013 to 22.09.2013 CSI5* Wien (AUT) Grand Prix Two Rounds VINDICAT W 14  
19.09.2013 to 22.09.2013 CSI5* Wien (AUT) Table A VINDICAT W 24  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CSI5* Lausanne (SUI) Grand Prix Two Rounds VINDICAT W 11  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CSI5* Lausanne (SUI) Two Phases VINDICAT W 12  
07.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Dublin (IRL) 8 - Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longine BIG STAR 1 1
07.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Dublin (IRL) 1 - The Speed Stakes sponsored by Bewleys Hotels WOTSAMILLION 14  
07.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Dublin (IRL) 6 - Anglesea Stakes sponsored by DT Dublin Hotel WOTSAMILLION 17  
07.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Dublin (IRL) 9 - The Accumulator WOTSAMILLION 18  
07.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CSIYH1* Dublin (IRL) 3 - International 7 & 8 Year Olds (1st Round) spon CAROLINA 31 31  
07.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CSIYH1* Dublin (IRL) 7 - International 7 & 8 Year Olds (2nd Round) spon CAROLINA 31 33  
07.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Dublin (IRL) 1 - The Speed Stakes sponsored by Bewleys Hotels BIG STAR 70 1
19.07.2013 to 21.07.2013 CSI5* Chantilly (FRA) Grand Prix Two Rounds BIG STAR 7  
19.07.2013 to 21.07.2013 CSI5* Chantilly (FRA) Table A BIG STAR 29  
04.07.2013 to 06.07.2013 CSI5* Cascais, Estoril (POR) Grand Prix Two Rounds BIG STAR 11  
04.07.2013 to 06.07.2013 CSI5* Cascais, Estoril (POR) Table A BIG STAR 21  
25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Aachen (GER) Rolex Grand Prix, Der Große Preis von Aachen BIG STAR 1  
25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CSIYH1* Aachen (GER) Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup CAROLINA 31 5  
25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CSIYH1* Aachen (GER) Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup-FINALE CAROLINA 31 10  
25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CSIYH1* Aachen (GER) Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup CAROLINA 31 27  
25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Aachen (GER) STAWAG-Preis BIG STAR WD  
25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Aachen (GER) WARSTEINER-Preis, Preis von Europa BIG STAR WD  
25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Aachen (GER) NetAachen-Prize BIG STAR EL  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CSI5* London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (GBR) Grand Prix Two Rounds BIG STAR 2  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CSI5* London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (GBR) Two Phases BIG STAR 55  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Rome (ITA) Grand Prix Two Rounds BIG STAR 1 5
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Rome (ITA) Nations Cup BIG STAR 5 5
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 Rome (ITA) Two Phases BIG STAR 44 5
16.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 La Baule (FRA) Competition N°16 - Grand Prix Longines de la Ville BIG STAR 3 3
16.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 La Baule (FRA) Competition n°6 - Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup BIG STAR 3 3
16.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 La Baule (FRA) Competition n°4 - Prix French Tour - Generali LINES 41 20  
16.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 La Baule (FRA) Competition n°3 - Prix du Conseil Général de Loire BIG STAR 20 3
16.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 La Baule (FRA) Competition n°2 - Prix Echo de la Presqu’ile LINES 41 59  
16.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CSIO5*-NC EUD1 La Baule (FRA) Competition N°9 - Prix Diane Desseigne CAROLINA 31 WD  
02.05.2013 to 05.05.2013 CSI5* Madrid (ESP) Trofeo Caixabank CASSIONATO 9  
02.05.2013 to 05.05.2013 CSI5* Madrid (ESP) Longines GCT GP of Madrid - Torfeo Volvo BIG STAR 14  
02.05.2013 to 05.05.2013 CSI5* Madrid (ESP) Trofeo King's Collage CASSIONATO 25  
02.05.2013 to 05.05.2013 CSI5* Madrid (ESP) Trofeo Massimo Dutti BIG STAR 35  
02.05.2013 to 05.05.2013 CSI5* Madrid (ESP) Trofeo Grupo Arturo CASSIONATO EL  
25.04.2013 to 28.04.2013 CSI2* Antwerpen (BEL) Grand Prix Table A CASSIONATO 25  
18.04.2013 to 20.04.2013 CSI2* Beijing Bird's Nest (CHN) Grand Prix Table A BAL MARE 24  
26.03.2013 to 31.03.2013 CSI5* Wellington FL (USA) Grand Prix Table A BIG STAR 5  
26.03.2013 to 31.03.2013 CSI5* Wellington FL (USA) Table A BIG STAR 20  
05.03.2013 to 10.03.2013 CSI5*-W Wellington FL (USA) Table A BIG STAR 2  
05.03.2013 to 10.03.2013 CSI5*-W Wellington FL (USA) World Cup Table A BIG STAR 4  
05.03.2013 to 10.03.2013 CSI5*-W Wellington FL (USA) Table A CARLO 273 51  
05.03.2013 to 10.03.2013 CSI5*-W Wellington FL (USA) Table A BIG STAR RET  
26.02.2013 to 03.03.2013 CSIO4*-NC NAm Wellington FL (USA) Table A BIG STAR 5  
26.02.2013 to 03.03.2013 CSIO4*-NC NAm Wellington FL (USA) Grand Prix Table A BIG STAR 22  
13.02.2013 to 17.02.2013 CSI3*-W Wellington FL (USA) Table A BIG STAR 1  
13.02.2013 to 17.02.2013 CSI3*-W Wellington FL (USA) World Cup Table A BIG STAR 6  
22.01.2013 to 27.01.2013 CSI2* Wellington FL (USA) Table A HERACROSS 28  
22.01.2013 to 27.01.2013 CSI2* Wellington FL (USA) Grand Prix Table A HERACROSS WD  
06.01.2013 to 06.01.2013 CSI2* Palm Beach FL (USA) Grand Prix Table A BELMONT RET  
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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