Nicola previously represented Great Britain and won medals at Olympic, European and World Championship level.
Nicola Wilson with JL Dublin at the European Championships 2021.
What championships has Nicola ridden at?
Nicola got her first taste of success in 1997 when she was selected to ride as an individual for the young rider European squad in Pratoni on Mr Bumble.
Nicola was first selected as a senior British team member at the 2009 European Eventing Championships in Fontainebleau where she came home with a team gold medal riding Opposition Buzz (aka Dodi).
The talented gelding attracted a huge following thanks to his incredible scope and slightly unorthodox jumping style and the pair became regular pathfinders for the British team over the next few years.
Together they won team gold at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 in Kentucky, team bronze at the 2011 European Championships in Luhmühlen and team silver at the Olympics in London in 2012.
JL Dublin was bought by Nicola as a four-year-old at the Holsteiner sales in Germany and Nicola says the winter of 2020 to 2021 was a turning point in his career.
“He had matured into the horse we’d always hoped he’d be,” said Nicola in an interview after her Europeans win. “He’d always tried hard, but he used to strike me as the kind of character that would love to be at the bar drinking beer with his mates.
“And over the winter, it was like he decided, ‘I‘d still like to drink beer on my downtime, but I’d also like to do really well and drink champagne afterwards’.”
Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin at the 2021 European Championships.