Three-time Olympic medallist Andrew Nicholson has announced he’s calling time on competing at elite equestrian events after an impressive career, spanning decades. He is one of New Zealand’s most prolific event riders in the sport’s history.
Nicholson, a six-time Olympian, earned a silver medal in the team event in Barcelona 1992, a bronze medal in Atlanta 1996 and London 2012, with the New Zealand team.
A former world no.1, he has competed at seven World Equestrian Games and has won nine 5* crowns – his first in 1995 at Burghley on Buckley Promise and his last at Badminton in 2017 on Nereo.
In 2015, he had a near-career ending fall, seriously injuring his neck at Gatcombe. Surgeons told him he was lucky not to be paralysed. However, he was back in the saddle by the year-end and came back to win Badminton just two years later.
Sixty-year-old Nicholson is widely recognised for his horsemanship and ability to read a cross country course. While he is possibly stepping away from the ‘big’ stuff he will still be competing at lower level events and coaching the Swiss eventing team.