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Andrew Nicholson was born in 1961 on New Zealand’s North Island. Since basing himself in Britain in the 1980s he has become one of the most successful eventers on both the one-day and three-day event circuit, regularly topping the British Eventing points leader board.

Andrew won team gold at the 1990 World Equestrian Games with Spinning Rhombus, and has been selected by New Zealand for seven Olympic Games, winning team silver in 1992 with Spinning Rhombus, team bronze in 1996 with Jagermeister and team bronze in 2012 with Nereo.

In 2010, Andrew won his first individual medal — bronze at the Kentucky World Equestrian Games on Nereo. He finished just outside the individual medals in fourth place at the London 2012 Olympic Games, claiming team bronze with Nereo.

Andrew did not represent his country at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as he has not been part of the New Zealand high performance squad since an ‘altercation’ with the team vet at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

Andrew holds the record for the most Badminton completions — 37 after the 2017 event — when he finally added the Mitsubishi Motors title on Nereo to the others he has won during his prestigious career. He has five Burghley titles: 1995 on Buckley Province, 2000 on Mr Smiffy and 2012, 2013 and 2014 on Avebury. He has also been victorious at Pau (Nereo in 2012) and Kentucky (Quimbo in 2013).

Andrew is based in Wiltshire with his partner Wiggy (nee Channer), who was William Fox-Pitt’s first wife. They have two children. He also has two daughters from his previous marriage to Jayne.

Andrew’s first book — Focussed — was launched at Burghley 2014.

Andrew suffered a nasty fall at the 2015 Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe. He required surgery on his neck as a result, but has recovered to compete once again at the highest level.

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