Andrew Nicholson Update… ‘I have been incredibly lucky’

Following his heavy fall at The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe two weekends ago, internationally acclaimed rider Andrew Nicholson is making a recovery at home from neck surgery.

Speaking to EWW Andrew said:

‘I am very pleased to be back at home and wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone myself for their kind messages and support which have meant a lot to me and my family.

In terms of my injury I realise I have been incredibly lucky. 

My surgeon, Mr Jeremy Reynolds, told me that the injury I sustained to my neck would have caused paralysis at the time of injury, in 98% of cases.  I was extremely fortunate this did not happen.

I underwent an eight hour operation where they repaired the fractures and stabilised my cervical spine.  This procedure in itself was not without risk, and I cannot thank enough, the team of spinal surgeons at the John Radcliffe hospital, for what they have done. 

Obviously I won’t be riding again this season as it will take some time to fully recover.  

Whilst I have to take things easy, I am up and about and fully mobile, and look forward to getting back to full fitness in due course.”

Thank you in advance for allowing my family and I some privacy and time to rest and recover.’

The Team at EWW wish Andrew a very swift recovery and thank the emergency crews and hospital for all their support.

Nikki Goldup

Photography courtesy of Hoofprints Photography

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