Eventing: Marlborough’s Andrew Nicholson wins his first Badminton - riding Nereo
New Zealand eventer Andrew Nicholson has won his first Badminton title - riding his 17-year-old Nereo. Nicholson, who is based near Marlborough, is 55 and 21 months ago he broke his neck in a heavy eventing fall and for a time after his recovery was not sure he would continue to compete.
There was a thrilling end to this most prestigious British eventing competition. His victory in Badminton's 2017 four star CCI event came in the final round of the show jumping phase. There were two German stars of the eventing world ahead of him.
First Germany's Michael Jung - who was defending his Badminton title - had a rail down and then Ingrid Klimke's jumping round fell apart giving her sixteen jumping faults and seven time faults - pushing her down to ninth place.