Former top show jumper Nick Skelton is back in the saddle and planning a return to competitive riding after breaking his neck in a fall in September 2000

Nick Skelton, who retired from the saddle in 2000 after breaking his neck in a horrific fall, has made the decision to return to competition after being given the all-clear after his latest scan.

Already riding at home, he plans to ride on the domestic circuit initially, starting in mid-May at Devon County.

Nick will be supported by several owners, including John Hales, who has a number of talented jumping horses.

In this week’s issue, Horse & Hound columnist GrahamFletcher says: “Having seen and heard Nick’s frustration as we’ve watched others ride at shows, I’m not at all surprised that he is to come out of retirement. He rightly believes he still has a lot to offer.”

The decision to start riding again follows consultation with top medical specialists. The damaged bone and ligaments in Nick’s neck have healed and, according to Graham, Nick believes he has no more chance of a fatal accident than any other rider.

Read Graham Fletcher’s comment on Nick Skelton’s return in today’s Horse & Hound (25 April 2002), or click here to subscribe and enjoy Horse & Hound delivered to your door every week.

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