Andrew Nicholson on flying form in Pau

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Andrew Nicholson on flying form in Pau
Andrew Nicholson on flying form in Pau

New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson crowned one of the best season’s of his career winning Les Etoiles de Pau in France, the first leg of the 2012/2013 HSBC FEI Classics™, with Libby Sellars’ Nereo.

The only rider to complete on his dressage score, Pau was Andrew’s fourth consecutive international victory this autumn, following Burghley, Blenheim and Boekelo.

"Winning one CCI4* in 10 years is pretty good and to win two in two months feels amazing," said Andrew. "I’m proud to be riding such classy horses. Nereo is probably the best cross-country horse in the world and in the jumping phase I knew that if I did my job we could win."

Runner up was fellow countryman Jonathan Paget, the cross country leader, with Clifton Promise.

Britain’s William Fox-Pitt the 2012 HSBC FEI Classics™ winner, finished fourth on Bay My Hero and fifth with just one time fault on the stallion Chilli Morning..

Results

1 Andrew Nicholson/Nereo (NZL) 39.0 + 0 + 0 = 39.0

2 Jonathan Paget/Clifton Promise (NZL) 36.7 + 0 + 4 = 40.7

3 Michael Jung/Leopin FST (GER) 38.3 + 0 + 5 = 43.3

4 William Fox-Pitt/Bay My Hero (GBR) 41.7 + 0 + 4 = 45.7

5 William Fox-Pitt/Chilli Morning (GBR) 44.7 + 0 + 1 = 45.7

6 Astier Nicolas/Jhakti du Janlie (FRA) 39.5 + 0 + 8 = 47.5

7 Andrew Nicholson/Mr Cruise Control (NZL) 45.7 + 0 + 4 = 49.7

8 Caroline Powell/Onwards And Upwards (NZL) 53.2 + 0 + 4 = 57.2

9 Richard Jones/Highland Ford (GBR) 52.8 + 6.8 + 4 = 63.6

10 Gemma Tattersall/Stormhill Kossack (GBR) 42.6 + 8 + 18 = 68.5