Eventing star Nereo - who with Andrew Nicholson aboard delighted the crowds so often - is retired
Nereo took Andrew Nicholson to his first Badminton victory in 2017. Now, on the last day if Badminton 2018, the eighteen year-old Lockeridge based eventing horse has been retired from top-level competitions.
Since 2005, Andrew Nicholson has taken Nereo to the very top of eventing's international listings and he had become a stalwart campaigner with a large number of fans.
At Badminton last weekend Nereo returned a dressage score of 30.3 and was clear with 7.2 time faults in the cross country - positioned for a top ten placing. But at the inspection before the final discipline the vets questioned his condition and he was withdrawn by Nicholson who then announced his retirement. He was paraded in front of the crowd before the show jumping began.
Nereo had lost a shoe the previous day and while looking comfortable on grass, showed lame on hard surfaces.
Previously the combination had won at Bramham, Aachen, Pau and Barbury - and they came second in the Barbury Horse Trials leg of the 2017 Event Rider Masters contest. They came third at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 and eighth at the Caen Games in 2014.
They were fourth in the London Olympics - helping New Zealand to a Bronze Medal.
A chestnut gelding, Nereo is owned by Ms Deborah Sellar.