Andrew Nicholson has been honoured as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to equestrian sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The Wiltshire-based eventer, often touted as one of the world’s greatest horsemen, achieved one of thebiggest wins of his career in 2017 when he and Nereo won the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. It was his 37th completion and his victory made him the oldest rider to win, and Nereo, at 17, became the oldest horse.
Nicholson represented New Zealand at six Olympic Games, with his first in 1984 in Los Angeles, followed by 1992 in Barcelona where he was a member of the silver medal-winning team, 1996 in Atlanta where they won team bronze, 2004 in Athens, 2008 in Hong Kong and 2012 in London where they again won team bronze. His best individual placing at Olympic level was fourth with Nereo in London.
He has also ridden seven times at FEI World Equestrian Games for New Zealand, winning a team gold (1990), team bronze (2010) and an individual bronze (2010).
He has won at CCI4* level at Burghley – five times, Badminton, Kentucky, Pau and Luhmuhlen. He was the first rider to win a hat-trick of Burghley titles when he and Avebury won the prestigious event in 2012, 2013 and 2014.