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NICHOLSON Andrew
Sport Eventing, Jumping
NOC New Zealand   
GenderMale
Born01 Aug 1961 in Te Awamutu, NZL
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Last Update
  28 May 2018
Further Personal Information
Residence Marlborough, ENG
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding in 1978 at age 17 in New Zealand.
Why this sport? He grew up around horses and wanted to make some money.
International Debut
Year 1984
Competing for New Zealand
Tournament Olympic Games
Location Los Angeles, CA, USA
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the 2017 Badminton Horse Trials in England at the 36th attempt. (nzherald.co.nz, 08 May 2017)
Hero / Idol US boxer Muhammad Ali. (horsemagazine.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Injuries He injured his neck after falling off his horse at the 2015 Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, England. The injury required an eight-hour operation and ruled him out for the rest of the season. He returned to the saddle in December 2015. (badminton-horse.co.uk, 01 May 2018; bbc.co.uk, 20 Aug 2015, 11 Aug 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "In the run-up to an event, I'll do some jump exercises with the horses two days before. The day before an event, I'll do some dressage schooling and run through the test. The cross-country course also needs to be walked several times." (horseandrideruk.com, 02 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Don't think that you can turn every one of them into a champion because the hours you spend on it never really are worth it." (horsemagazine.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Awards and honours In June 2018 he was named an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for his contributions to equestrian. (newshub.co.nz, 04 Jun 2018)
Famous relatives His wife Wiggy Channer competed in eventing at the Burghley Horse Trials in England in 2001, 2002 and 2003. His brother has worked as a horse trainer. (countrylife.co.uk, 01 Sep 2017; horsemagazine.com, 01 Jul 2017)
Other information LUCKY ESCAPE
He was fortunate not to become paralysed after a fall from his horse during the 2015 Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, England. He was initially taken to hospital in Swindon before being moved to a spinal unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. "My surgeon told me that the injury I sustained to my neck would have caused paralysis at the time of injury in 98% of cases. I was extremely fortunate this did not happen. I underwent an eight-hour operation, where they repaired the fractures and stabilised my cervical spine." (nzherald.co.nz, 28 Feb 2016; theguardian.com, 20 Aug 2015)

LANDMARK
At the 2014 Burghley Horse Trials in England, he became the first rider to have won a four-star event in three consecutive years with the same horse. Nicholson claimed victory at Burghley between 2012 and 2014 with his horse Avebury. "He loves it, knows why we are here and what he has to do. I ride him like I've just stolen him, really fast out of the traps. He thrives on being asked to take all the short cuts." (telegraph.co.uk, 07 Sep 2014)

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
He has been based in England since 1985. "When I arrived first I didn't have riding lessons as I couldn't afford them. When I worked at a racing stables I would ride horses on my lunch break. I quickly learned how adapt and understood the importance of self-motivation. I took whatever I was given when I competed to help me move up the ladder. I was determined to make it work." (horsemagazine.com, 01 Oct 2017)

OLDEST
In May 2017, at 55 years, nine months and six days, he became the oldest winner of the Badminton Horse Trials in England, on his 37th appearance at the event [a record in itself]. "The feeling is unbelievable. I've been waiting so long for it. When I was young it seemed quite easy to win Badminton; just be brave and away you go. I found out it's very difficult." (nzherald.co.nz, 02 May 2018, 27 Dec 2017; badminton-horse.co.uk, 01 May 2018)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) NEREO 4 3
2008 OG-C Hong Kong - Beijing (CHN) LORD KILLINGHURST EL 5
2004 OG-C Athens (GRE) FENICIO 60 5
1996 OG-C Atlanta GA (USA) Jagermeister 3 3
1996 OG-C Atlanta GA (USA) Jagermeister EL 3
1992 OG-C Barcelona (ESP) Spinning Rhombus 16 2
1984 OG-C Los Angeles CA (USA) Kahlua 28 6
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) NEREO 3 3
2006 5th WEG-C Aachen (GER) LORD KILLINGHURST 23 6
2002 4th WEG-C Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) FENICIO 9 5
1998 3rd WEG-C Rome (ITA) New York 5  
1994 2nd WEG-C Den Haag (NED) Jager Meister 48 6
1990 1st WEG-C Stockholm (SWE) Spinning Rhombus 4 1
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CH-M-YH-CCI1* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) JET SET 2  
2013 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) TILIKUM 13  
2011 CH-AS.P-C3* Blenheim (GBR) QWANZA   1
2010 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) QUIMBO 3  
2010 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) QWANZA 16  
2009 CH-M-YH-CCI1* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) QWANZA 6  
2009 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) TRISTAR II 14  
2008 CH-M-YH-CCI1* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) TRISTAR II 7  
2008 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) MR CRUISE CONTROL 11  
2007 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) AVEBURY 4  
2007 CH-M-YH-CCI1* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) MR CRUISE CONTROL 4  
2007 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) NEREO 41  
2003 CH-AS.P-C3* Blenheim (GBR) DUDDLES   2
World Cup Final
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2008 CIC-W Final Deauville (FRA) HENRY TANKERVILLE 26  
2004 CIC-W Final Pau (FRA) FLUSH BANKER 14  
2003 CIC-W Final Pau (FRA) FENICIO 2  
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) QUIMBO 1  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) MR CRUISE CONTROL 1  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) AVEBURY 2  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) CALICO JOE 3  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) NEREO 3  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) NEREO 3  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) MR CRUISE CONTROL 5  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) RATHMOYLE KING 6  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) CALICO JOE 8  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) AVEBURY 11  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) QUIMBO 26  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) QWANZA EL  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) VISCOUNT GEORGE RET  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) AVEBURY 1  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) NEREO 1  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) CALICO JOE 4  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) QWANZA 7  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) MR CRUISE CONTROL 7  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) CALICO JOE 13  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) SHADY GREY 21  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) MR CRUISE CONTROL 26  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) CALICO JOE RET  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) NEREO 2  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) MR CRUISE CONTROL 2  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) AVEBURY 8  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) ARMADA 10  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) AVEBURY 10  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) NEREO 12  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) MR CRUISE CONTROL 14  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) ARMADA 23  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) HENRY TANKERVILLE RET  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) MR CRUISE CONTROL 4  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) MR CRUISE CONTROL 9  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) ARMADA 10  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) NEREO 11  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) ARMADA 14  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) AVEBURY 22  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) AVEBURY 27  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) ARMADA 13  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) ARMADA 21  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) ARMADA 23  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) AVEBURY EL  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) NEREO EL  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) HENRY TANKERVILLE 4  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) ARMADA 8  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) ARMADA RET  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) MUSCHAMP IMPALA EL  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) MUSCHAMP IMPALA EL  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) SILBURY HILL RET  
2007 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) LORD KILLINGHURST 4  
2007 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) LORD KILLINGHURST 5  
2007 CCI4* Pau (FRA) GINGER MAY KILLINGHURST 6  
2007 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) HENRY TANKERVILLE 8  
2007 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) SILBURY HILL RET  
2006 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) HENRY TANKERVILLE 13  
2006 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) LORD KILLINGHURST 14  
2005 CCI4*-SC Burghley (GBR) LORD KILLINGHURST 3  
2005 CCI4*-SC Badminton (GBR) LORD KILLINGHURST 4  
2005 CCI4*-SC Burghley (GBR) DUDDLES 8  
2005 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER) DUDDLES 14  
2005 CCI4*-SC Badminton (GBR) FENICIO EL  
2004 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) LORD KILLINGHURST 2  
2004 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) LORD KILLINGHURST 3  
2004 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) MR. SMIFFY 16  
2004 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) FLUSH BANKER 22  
2003 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) LORD KILLINGHURST 3  
2003 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) FENICIO 11  
2003 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) MR. SMIFFY 13  
2002 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) NEW YORK 9  
2002 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) MR. SMIFFY 10  
1998 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) HINNEGAR 3  
1998 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) MERILLION 8  
1997 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) CARTOON II 32  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
12.07.2014 to 13.07.2014 CIC2* Brightling Park (GBR)   MHS KING JOULES 5  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   JET SET 2  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   URMA BK 5  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   URMA BK 5  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   TILIKUM 8  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   THORNTON JONES 20  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   ULISES 45  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CCI2* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   JET SET 9  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CCI2* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   THORNTON JONES 42  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CCI2* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   CILLNABRADDEN EVO EL  
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CCI2* Houghton Hall (GBR)   URMA BK 3  
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CCI2* Houghton Hall (GBR)   ULISES 8  
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CCI2* Houghton Hall (GBR)   CILLNABRADDEN EVO EL  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   NEREO EL  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   QUIMBO RET  
02.05.2014 to 04.05.2014 CIC2* Rockingham (GBR)   THORNTON JONES 13  
02.05.2014 to 04.05.2014 CIC2* Rockingham (GBR)   URMA BK 23  
02.05.2014 to 04.05.2014 CIC2* Rockingham (GBR)   ULISES 39  
24.04.2014 to 27.04.2014 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA)   AVEBURY 21  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC2* Burnham Market (GBR)   CILLNABRADDEN EVO 2  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC2* Burnham Market (GBR)   JET SET 7  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   TILIKUM EL  
04.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   TILIKUM 34  
23.10.2013 to 27.10.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA)   MR CRUISE CONTROL 5  
23.10.2013 to 27.10.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA)   QUIMBO 26  
23.10.2013 to 27.10.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA)   VISCOUNT GEORGE RET  
17.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CH-M-YH-CCI1* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA)   JET SET 2  
17.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA)   TILIKUM 13  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CCI3* Blenheim (GBR)   VISCOUNT GEORGE 17  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CIC3* Blenheim (GBR)   ZARON 35  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   AVEBURY 1  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   NEREO 2  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   CALICO JOE 7  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   MR CRUISE CONTROL 4  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   CALICO JOE 8  
02.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CIC3* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   AVEBURY 6  
02.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CIC3* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   NEREO RET  
02.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CIC3* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   VISCOUNT GEORGE RET  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   AVEBURY 1  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   NEREO 5  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   TESEO 6  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   TILIKUM 15  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   ZARON 21  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   VISCOUNT GEORGE EL  
25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CICO3* Aachen (GER)   QUIMBO 25 5
13.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER)   MR CRUISE CONTROL 1  
13.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER)   RATHMOYLE KING 6  
13.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER)   QWANZA EL  
30.05.2013 to 02.06.2013 CCI2* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   TILIKUM 8  
30.05.2013 to 02.06.2013 CCI1* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   PHILANDERER 9  
30.05.2013 to 02.06.2013 CCI2* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   TESEO 11  
30.05.2013 to 02.06.2013 CCI1* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   JET SET 17  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CIC2* Saumur (FRA)   RATHMOYLE KING 5  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CCI3* Saumur (FRA)   VISCOUNT GEORGE 6  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CCI3* Saumur (FRA)   SINTRA BK 14  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CIC2* Saumur (FRA)   ULISES 29  
17.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CIC2* Rockingham (GBR)   TILIKUM 14  
17.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CIC2* Rockingham (GBR)   TESEO 15  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   MR CRUISE CONTROL 1  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   VISCOUNT GEORGE 1  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   NEREO 3  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   AVEBURY 11  
24.04.2013 to 28.04.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA)   QUIMBO 1  
24.04.2013 to 28.04.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA)   CALICO JOE 3  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   SINTRA BK 32  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   SINTRA BK 75  
11.10.2012 to 14.10.2012 CCIO3*-NC Boekelo (NED)   QUIMBO   2
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   NEREO   3
03.07.2012 to 08.07.2012 CICO3*-NC Aachen (GER)   NEREO   4
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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