Skelton at 60 — how many of these big wins do you remember?

  • To celebrate Nick Skelton’s milestone 60th birthday today (30 December 2017), we have picked out just a handful of his numerous showjumping triumphs from a dazzling four decades at the top of the sport. How many of these magic moments do you remember?

    1. Winning the World Cup qualifier at Olympia, London, in 1983 on St James — the first leg of a back-to-back double in the class.

    2. The second of his four victories in the Aachen Grand Prix, this time riding Apollo in 1987. He would go on to retain his title the following year.

    3. Nick also claimed four wins in the King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead — the first of his quartet came in 1984 on St James.

    4. In 2006, Nick took the Rome grand prix riding Arko III, just beating his friend and team-mate Michael Whitaker into second place.

    5. Between 1987 and 1989, Nick was simply invincible in the Hickstead Derby. He lifted the coveted Boomerang trophy first with J Nick then twice on Apollo, completing this incredible hat-trick here in 1989.

    6. Team stalwart Nick helped Great Britain to victory in 44 Nations Cups, including three in Dublin’s prestigious Aga Khan Trophy in 2005, 2008 and here on Carlo 273 in 2011.

    7. The Hamburg grand prix in 2012 was one of the many top tier classes he won with the unforgettable Big Star.

    Winner Nick Skelton from Great Britain cheers during the victory ceremony of the show jumping competition of the Global Champions Tour in Hamburg, Germany, 19 May 2012. Hamburg is the third of 13 places of the Global Champions Tour. Photo: Daniel Reinhardt

    8. In 1978, Nick and Lastic cleared 2.32m (just over 7ft 7in) to break the high jump record at Olympia. Nearly 40 years on, that record still stands.

    Nick Skelton on his horse 'Everest Lastic' clearing the fence to break the record at 7 ft 7in 5/16th (2.32m).

    9. The grand prix at the Spruce Meadows Masters is arguably the toughest competition in showjumping, yet Nick has clinched the big-money prize a phenomenal four times — here on his 1998 winner Hopes Are High.

    H66NEN CSIO Masters, Spruce Meadows, September 1998, Nick Skelton (GBR) riding Virtual Village Hopes are High

    10. Who could forget this golden moment? Contesting his seventh Games, Nick and the 13-year-old stallion Big Star were crowned Olympic champions in Rio 2016.

    Canada's Eric Lamaze (R) and Britain's Nick Skelton greet each other after the final round of the individual equestrian show jumping event at the Olympic Equestrian Centre during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. Skelton riding Big Star won the individual show jumping gold. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

    11. In 1995, Nick and one of his all-time greats Dollar Girl won the World Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden.

    gothenburg 1995 nick skelton and dollar girl

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    12. On home soil in London, Nick and Big Star led the British team to gold at the 2012 Olympics

    Britain's Nick Skelton makes a victory lap after the medals ceremony for the team Show Jumping event of the 2012 London Olympics at the Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, in London, on August 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

    13. One of the first championship medals to adorn Nick’s glittering trophy cabinet was gold at the junior European championships in 1975 riding OK. He would go on to win an astounding 17 medals at senior level.

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