Andrew Nicholson (equestrian)

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Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson Nereo Staircase Badminton 2010.jpg
Andrew Nicholson and Nereo at the Staircase during the cross-country phase of Badminton Horse Trials 2010.
Medal record
Representing  New Zealand
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona Team eventing
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Team eventing
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Team eventing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1990 Stockholm Team eventing
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Lexington Team eventing
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Lexington Individual eventing

Andrew Clifton Nicholson ONZM (born 1 August 1961 in Te Awamutu) is a New Zealand horseman who has competed at six Olympic Games (though selected for seven). Born and raised in the Waikato Nicholson moved to England in the 1980s to further his equestrian career. He currently works there as a horse trainer.

Nicholson's greatest success at international level has been in Three-Day Event Teams. He won a gold medal at the 1990 World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, a silver at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and a Bronze at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Although becoming infamous for his ride on Spinning Rhombus at Barcelona. With the New Zealand team having seven rails in hand to win the Gold medal his horse knocked down nine rails, instead of withdrawing as any lesser rider would have, in a colossal display of selflessness and national pride he kept the New Zealand team intact (his withdrawal would have instantly eliminated the entire team by dropping completing member numbers below the minimum required) to scoop the silver medal behind arch-rivals Australia. Nicholson competed at the 2010 WEG (world equestrian games) and received a bronze medal.

In the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours, Nicholson was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to equestrian sport.[1]

Olympic record:

  • 1984: Individual 28th on Kahlua; Team 6th
  • 1992: Individual 16th on Spinning Rhombus; Team Silver
  • 1996: Individual retired on Buckley Province;Team Bronze(on Jagermeister II)
  • 2000: Selected but did not compete as horses were not fit
  • 2004: Individual 61st on Fenicio;Team 5th
  • 2008: Individual, eliminated in cross-country; Lord Killinghurst Team 5th
  • 2012: Individual, 4th; Team Bronze Nereo


Nicholson and Mark Todd were the first New Zealanders to compete at six Olympic Games.

Nicholson's best individual results have been at Burghley which he has won five times on;

  • Buckley Province in 1995,
  • Mr Smiffy in 2000,
  • Avebury in 2012, 2013 and 2014 consecutively.

After winning Burghley 2012 it set off a winning streak for Nicholson going on to win;

  • Pau 2012 with his Olympic mount Nereo,
  • Kentucky 2013 on four star debutant Quimbo &
  • Lumuhlen 2013 on Mr Cruise Control.

He also won Badminton Horse Trials with Nereo in 2017, after 36 completions.

CCI 4* Results[edit]

Event Kentucky Badminton Luhmühlen Burghley Pau Adelaide
1995 1st, gold medalist(s) (Buckley Province)
1996 Did not participate
1997 32nd (Cartoon II)
1998 3rd, bronze medalist(s) (Hinnegar)
8th (Merillion)
1999 Did not participate
2000 1st, gold medalist(s) (Mr Smiffy)
2001 Did not participate
2002 9th (New York)
10th (Mr Smiffy)
2003 11th (Fenicio)
13th (Mr Smiffy)
3rd, bronze medalist(s) (Lord Killinghurst)
2004 2nd, silver medalist(s) (Lord Killinghurst)
22nd (Flush Banker)
3rd, bronze medalist(s) (Lord Killinghurst)
16th (Mr Smiffy)
2005 5th (Lord Killinghurst)
EL (Fenicio)
14th (Duddles) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) (Lord Killinghurst)
8th (Duddles)
2006 14th (Lord Killinghurst) 13th (Henry Tankerville)
2007 5th (Lord Killinghurst)
8th (Henry Tankerville)
4th (Lord Killinghurst)
RET (Silbury Hill)
6th (Ginger May Killinghurst)
2008 RET (Armada)
RET (Silbury Hill)
8th (Armada)
RET (Muschamp Impala)
4th (Henry Tankerville)
EL (Muschamp Impala)
2009 23rd (Armada) 21st (Armada)
EL (Nereo)
13th (Armada)
EL (Avebury)
2010 11th (Nereo)
27th (Avebury)
4th (Mr Cruise Control)
10th (Armada)
14th (Armada)
22nd (Avebury)
9th (Mr Cruise Control)
2011 10th (Avebury)
12th (Nereo)
10th (Armada)
14th (Mr Cruise Control)
2nd, silver medalist(s) (Nereo)
8th (Avebury)
2nd, silver medalist(s) (Mr Cruise Control)
23rd (Armada)
RET (Henry Tankerville)
2012 7th (Qwanza)
RET (Calico Joe)
4th (Calico Joe)
21st (Shady Grey)
26th (Mr Cruise Control)
1st, gold medalist(s) (Avebury)
13th (Calico Joe)
1st, gold medalist(s) (Nereo)
7th (Mr Cruise Control)
2013 1st, gold medalist(s) (Quimbo)
3rd, bronze medalist(s) (Calico Joe)
3rd, bronze medalist(s) (Nereo)
11th (Avebury)
1st, gold medalist(s) (Mr Cruise Control)
6th (Rathmoyle King)
EL (Qwanza)
1st, gold medalist(s) (Avebury)
2nd, silver medalist(s) (Nereo)
7th (Calico Joe)
5th (Mr Cruise Control)
26th (Quimbo)
RET (Viscount George)
2014 21st (Avebury) RET (Quimbo)
EL (Nereo)
1st, gold medalist(s) (Avebury)
2015 6th (Nereo)
22nd (Calico Joe)
22nd (Qwanza)
2016 5th (Qwanza)
7th (Perfect Stranger)
2nd, silver medalist(s) (Nereo)
2017 1st, gold medalist(s) (Nereo)
12th (Qwanza)
19th (Teseo) 8th (Nereo)
EL (Qwanza)
RET (Qwanza)
EL (Jet Set)
2018 WD (Nereo) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) (Swallow Springs)
WD (Jet Set)
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2018". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2013-03-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-03-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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