Andrew Nicholson wins bonus as world number one

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Andrew Nicholson wins bonus as world number one
Andrew Nicholson wins bonus as world number one

New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson has claimed $50,000 USD bonus as the HSBC Rankings leader at the end of the 2012 season, after holding on to the world number one spot since claiming team bronze at London 2012 Olympic Games.

The international eventer kicked off 2012 by finishing seventh at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the third leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ 2011/2012 series, and secured fourth at the Luhmühlen CCI4*.

Andrew went on to captain the New Zealand bronze medal team at London 2012, his sixth Olympic Games, finishing fourth individually with Nereo. 

Just one month later he rode Avebury to a third victory in 17 years at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, the final leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ 2011/2012 season. He then won the opening leg of the new series at Les Etoiles de Pau in France on Libby Sellars’ Nereo, sealing his lead in the HSBC Rankings over Britain’s Olympic team silver medallist, William Fox-Pitt .

"It is a fantastic feeling ending 2012 as leader of the HSBC Rankings," said Andrew "I’ve been close for the past two years, but this year has been exceptional for me. I worked hard on my fitness last winter and this put me on top form for the season. I’ve also been extremely lucky with my horses Nereo, Mr Cruise Control, Calico Joe, Avebury and Qwanza."