Andrew Nicholson

Andrew Nicholson

FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings

Andrew NICHOLSON is a New Zealander athlete and competes in Eventing.

Competing forNew Zealand - NZL
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Number of starts: 291
Number of wins: 29


Only the results from 01 January 2010 included
Discipline: Eventing Born: 2000 Studbook: CDE Sex: Gelding
Discipline: Eventing Born: 2011 Studbook: CDE Sex: Mare
Discipline: Eventing Born: 2011 Studbook: CDE Sex: Gelding
Date Show Event Competition Obs. Height Horse Position Score
14/09/2017 Blenheim CCI3* CCI3* Swallow Springs 9
14/09/2017 Blenheim CCI3* CCI3* Urma Bk 33
14/09/2017 Blenheim CCI3* CCI3* Byrnesgrove First Diamond
Ranking/Standing Horse Rank Points
FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings 8 389
Eventing Zone Rankings 2 476
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the 2017 Badminton Horse Trials in England at the 36th attempt. (, 08 May 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 surgery and ruled him out for the rest of the season. He returned to the saddle in December 2015. (, 19 Dec 2015;, 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." (, 02 May 2013)
Other information NATIONAL DISPUTE
In October 2014 he requested to be withdrawn from the New Zealand high performance squad following a disagreement with a team vet at the 2014 World Equestrian Games [WEG] in Normandy, France. He was dissatisfied with the attention his horse Nereo had received during the Games. In December 2014 chief executive of Equestrian Sport New Zealand [ESNZ] Vicki Glynn said the outcome of a report into the disagreement would not be made public. Although Nicholson was still able to represent New Zealand as an individual athlete, he was not named in the high performance squad for 2015 and 2016, which meant he was ineligible for the team that went to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "Obviously it would be great to go, but if I can't be selected, I can't be selected. I've moved on from all that," he said ahead of the event. (, 16 Jun 2016;, 02 Jul 2015;, 16 Jan 2015;, 12 Jan 2015;, 04 Nov 2014)

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." (, 28 Feb 2016;, 20 Aug 2015)

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." (, 07 Sep 2014)

Although he competed for New Zealand at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he is based in England and felt as though it was a home event. "I have been in England for 30 years and while I am very proud to ride for New Zealand and represent New Zealand at an Olympic Games, England has been a home away from home really." (, 11 Aug 2011)

Medals description

Olympic Games
Gold medal - First place Gold medal - First place
Silver medal - Second place Silver medal - Second place
Bronze medal - Third place Bronze medal - Third place
Ranked Ranked
FEI World Equestrian Games™
Gold medal - First Place
Silver medal - Second place
Bronze medal - Third place