Andrew Nicholson honoured in New Zealand's Queen's Birthday Honours

Written by Tony Millett on .

Andrew Nicholson with Avebury (2015) Andrew Nicholson with Avebury (2015) Andrew Nicholson has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to equestrian sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The Lockeridge-based event rider broke records when he won five consecutive three-star competitions at his local Barbury International Horse Trials - four on Avebury and in 2016  he took the third leg of the Event Rider Masters competition there on Nereo.


That 2016 victory was all the more extraordinary because the previous year Nicholson broke his neck at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe, an injury that could have been career ending or worse.


Nicholson, now 56-years-old, achieved one of the biggest wins of his career in 2017 when he and Nereo won the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. It was his thirty-seventh completion of the competition and his victory made him the oldest rider to win and Nereo, at 17, became the oldest horse.  Nereo was retired during Badminton 2018.


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.


He has won at CCI4* level five times at Burghley, and at 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.


He is currently ranked number six in the world eventing rankings, but has previously been number one.


The Queen's Birthday Honours British list will be published on Saturday, June 9.