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Nicholas Skelton,High Jump British Show Jumping Rider Won Aachen Grand Prix

Nicholas Skelton,High Jump British Show Jumping Rider Won Aachen Grand Prix

High Jump British Show Jumping Rider Won Aachen Grand Prix

Skelton was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honors for services to equestrian sport

GoldenHorse News Tour: Nicholas Skelton as always was seren in a wonderful show and won the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, 2013, that is a valid competition in world, in the saddle of Big Star in front of 40,000 enthusiastic spectators. "In Aachen to win - before this great audience - is the best ever," said Skelton.

Nicholas David Skelton, (born 30 December 1957 in Bedworth) is a British equestrian who competes in show jumping. He began riding at age 18 and in 1974 and 1975 took two team silvers and an individual gold with Okay at the Junior European Championships. He has competed numerous times at the European Show Jumping Championships, winning three gold, three silvers and three bronzes both individually and with the British team over a 26-year time period. In 1980 he competed in the Alternative Olympics where he helped the British team to a silver medal.
Nick's favorite all-time horse is Dollar Girl and Nick's favorite all-time rider is David Broome. And the Best of his career moment is winning Team Gold Medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
Skelton currently holds the British Show Jumping High Jump record, at 7 ft 7in 5/16th (2.32m) set at Olympia in 1978 with Lastic.
Nick is a world-renowned show jumping rider whose career has spanned nearly 38 years, winning thousands of classes and hundreds of Grand Prix' events, and over £6.5m in prize money.
Nick Skelton’s brilliant horsemanship is demonstrated by the fact that no other rider has won so many major competitions on so many different horses and he is as well known and popular at Olympia and Hickstead as he is at Gothenburg or Paris or Spruce Meadows.
Now, he has 11th place in ranking of GCT and currently has 116 points from four competition in 2013.
He has two sons with his first wife Sarah Skelton nee Edwards and both are active in horse racing, Daniel is Assistant Trainer to British jump racing Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls, and Harry is a National Hunt Jockey who in 2009 became the youngest winner of The Irish Grand National on Niche Market.
OBE for Nick Skelton
In 2012, at the age of 54, Skelton won the Olympic gold medal as part of the winning Great Britain men's team. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honors for services to equestrian sport.
Nick Skelton began riding aged 18 when he got his first pony, a Welsh Mountain called Oxo who was born in the same year as Skelton and lived to be 39; both Skelton's children learnt to ride on Oxo. Skelton rode in pony classes with little tuition before taking his pony to Ted and Liz Edgar for help when he was 14. He worked for and helped at The Edgars for two years before leaving school with no qualifications to work full time for them. Skelton had plenty of early success with a horse called Maybe, but he went lame just before the Junior European Championships in 1975 and his place in the team looked lost, however O.K a reputedly ordinary horse substituted and Skelton won Individual Gold. After this Skelton began riding more of The Edgar horses and in 1978 jumped just over 7 foot 7 inches to set a new British record at Olympia with Lastic. When Skelton partnered with St James the following year he broke into the senior GB team, of which he has been an integral part ever since.
In 1985 Skelton split from the Edgars and went on his own, his main horse at the time, Apollo, went with him and together they formed a great partnership that won nearly all the top prizes in the sport, as well as many Championship medals. After Apollo, Skelton competed at the top level with many different horses before he teamed up with Dollar Girl in 1992 with the specific target of competing at the Barcelona Olympics. Despite the Olympics going badly for them, Skelton and Dollar Girl ultimately won the coveted World Cup Final in Gothenburg in 1995.
Skelton broke his neck in September 2000 which could have ended his show jumping career, but after retiring in 2001 he recovered and began competing again in 2002. Skelton returned to the saddle to partner Arko III, a horse he had been riding as a youngster before breaking his neck. Together Skelton and Arko won the British Open title in 2004 at the British Open Show Jumping Championships and many other top Prizes. Their most disappointing moment came at the Athens Olympics in 2004 where they were leading until the final round. After Arko retired Skelton revisited an old friend and owner for support and new horses, Gary and Beverley Widdowson now own his competition horses that include Carlo 273, his European Individual Bronze medal partner, Big Star and Unique.
Ambassador for Spinal Research
Nick is very pleased to announce that he has been appointed an Ambassador for the Spinal Research "Saddle Up for Spinal Research" campaign.  Having suffered a serious spinal injury Nick fully appreciates how important the continuing medical advances in research to find treatments for paralysis.
"Saddle Up for Spinal Research" is dedicated to horse riders who love what they do and provides them with an opportunity to give something back to those who have suffered a spinal cord injury.
Top horses that Skelton has ridden include Maybe, If Ever, Apollo, St. James, Major Wager, Top Gun, Grand Slam, Phoenix Park, Dollar Girl, Limited Edition, Showtime, Tinka’s Boy, Hopes are High, Russel and Arko III.
Skelton's current top flight horses are Big Star, Carlo 273 (currently this horse was sold to Spain rider, Sergio Alvarez Moya) and Unique, all of which are owned by Beverley Widdowson.
Major achievements:
Skelton has had many successes at home and abroad and has ridden on over 164 Nations Cups teams (1978–2011). He has won various medals both as an Individual and as part of the teams in the Olympics, World Championships and European Championships between 1980 and 2012.

•    Olympic Games
o    2012: London. Team Gold medal with Big Star
•    Alternative Olympic Games
o    1980: Rotterdam. Team Silver medal with Maybe
•    World championships
o    1982: Dublin. Team Bronze medal with If Ever
o    1986: Aachen. Team Silver medal and individual Bronze medal with Apollo
o    1990: Stockholm. Team Bronze medal with Grand Slam
o    1998: Rome. Team Bronze medal with Hopes are High
•    European Championships
o    1985: Dinard. Team Gold medal and individual 4th with St. James
o    1987: St. Gallen. Team Gold medal and Individual Bronze medal with Apollo
o    1989: Rotterdam. Team Gold medal with Apollo
o    1991: La Baule. Team Silver medal with Phoenix Park
o    1993: Gijon. Team Silver medal with Dollar Girl
o    1995: St. Gallen. Team Silver medal with Dollar Girl
o    2011: Madrid. Team Bronze and individual Bronze medal with Carlo 273
•    Junior European Championships
o    1974: Lucerne. Team Silver medal with Maybe
o    1975: Dornbirn. Team Silver medal and individual Gold medal with O.K
•    Volvo World Cup Final
o    1995: Gothenburg. Winner with Dollar Girl
•    Hickstead Derby
o    1987: Winner with J Nick
o    1988: Winner with Apollo
o    1989: Winner with Apollo
•    King George V Gold Cup
o    1984: Winner with St. James
o    1993: Winner with Limited Edition
o    1996: Winner with Cathleen III
o    1999: Winner with Hopes are High

Review on brilliant career of Nicholas Skelton during 39 years of riding in the globe:



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