Andrew Nicholson to Headline EQUITANA Auckland

The biggest name in the world of eventing will be the superstar at EQUITANA Auckland.

Andrew Nicholson is heading home, with his wife Wiggy and children Zach and Lily, for the first time in years to be part of the inaugural event.18516859_10211088025929762_297265773_o

His recent win at the Badminton Horse Trials has captured the attention of the world, with many calling it one of the greatest comebacks ever.

Nicholson suffered what could have been a career-ending injury in 2015 when he broke his neck, making his victory at Badminton even more remarkable. The former world number one pulled off the fairy tale finish in his 37th completion of the prestigious event.

EQUITANA Auckland event director Andrew Hansen says it is an honour to have Nicholson back in New Zealand for the event, commenting: “This will be his first time back on New Zealand soil for some years and we are ecstatic to have him as one of the stars of EQUITANA where we will be showcasing his brilliance, expertise and experience.”

Nicholson is lauded as one of the world’s greatest horsemen. He has competed at six Olympic Games, having won a silver medal and two bronze medals; and also seven World Equestrian Games.
And he is really looking forward to coming home.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back to New Zealand and being part of the action at EQUITANA,” said Nicholson. “It promises to be a unique and exciting event, and a great opportunity for me to thank equestrians fans (in person) for their messages and support.”

EQUITANA Auckland is a sister event to those in Germany and Melbourne – Germany is considered the largest equine trade event in the world. It is the first time EQUITANA has come to New Zealand and will be the most international equestrian event in Australasia since the 2000 Olympic Games.

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