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New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson heads HSBC rider rankings

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New Zealand eventer Andrew Nicholson has moved into first place in the HSBC Rankings following the London 2012 Olympic eventing competition.

Andrew, who was the captain of New Zealand’s bronze medal-winning team in Greenwich, is now 46 points clear of William Fox-Pitt.

William who had led the HSBC Rankings since April drops into second place, despite winning team silver in London.

And 29-year-old New Zealander Jock Paget has moved into third, 21 points clear of fourth-placed Boyd Martin of the USA.

Olympic champion Michael Jung of Germany is in fifth place and Mary King is sixth.

“Andrew Nicholson has made an immense contribution to New Zealand’s proud Olympic Games equestrian record, and it’s great to see him in the position he deserves as leader of the HSBC Rankings,” said Jim Ellis, chief executive of Equestrian Sports New Zealand.

“Jonathan Paget laid down his cards when he became a member of the winning New Zealand team at the London 2012 team qualifier at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trial last year.

“We are delighted to see him up there with the eventing greats, and this is all doing wonders for eventing in New Zealand and the sport internationally.”

The current HSBC Rankings are based on results obtained between 1 September 2011 and 2 August 2012.

Last year’s winner Mary King won a $50,000 ( £31.847) bonus.