Nick Skelton OBE

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No other rider has won so many major competitions, on so many different horses, as Nick Skelton. The world-renowned show jumping rider has won thousands of classes and hundreds of Grand Prix events and was part of the British Show Jumping Team that won the Gold Medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

 

Early Career

Nick Skelton began riding aged 18 months 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. Nick rode in pony classes with little tuition before taking his pony to Ted and Liz Edgar for help when he was 14.

Achievements

Nick holds the British equestrian high jump record, when he jumped over 7’7” on Lastic in London back in 1978, and has competed at six Olympic Games, most recently in Beijing in 2008. He has won ten European Championship Medals, six World Championship Medals, a World Cup title and over 60 major Grand Prix’ titles. Four times he has won the Du Maurier (latterly called the CN
International) in Spruce Meadows, Calgary, a class which awards some of the highest prize money in show jumping history. Nick won in 1985 riding St James, in 1993 riding Dollar Girl, in 1998 riding Hopes are High and in 2008 he teamed up with Arko III to scoop the first prize.

He was part of the British Show Jumping Team that won the Gold Medal at the London 2012 Olympics. Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles won in an exciting jump-off with the Netherlands to the joy of the crowds in the packed stands at Greenwich.

Nick has written an autobiography called Only Falls And Horses.

What he offers

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

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